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Re^2: For thought: "Perl in the greater context of (me and) the software business

by Tux (Monsignor)
on Mar 20, 2013 at 11:36 UTC ( #1024499=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: For thought: "Perl in the greater context of (me and) the software business
in thread For thought: "Perl in the greater context of (me and) the software business

Those have to be very good reasons, but they exist.

Seen twice this year: a process chain built on sh, java, perl, python, and two other "languages". There were several people that knew what the complete process was supposed to do, but none that knew all steps. The programmers that created the java and the python "chain-link" had left the company and none of the other developers knew how to change that code if it were broken. We decided to replace the functionality of the weak chain pieces with one of the languages that the remaining programmers were comfortable with. It was my luck they picked perl. Process chain back in working - and maintainable - order. I completely realize that if their knowledge of perl was close to zero and they picked python, that would have been as good a choice at this point in time.


Enjoy, Have FUN! H.Merijn


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Re^3: For thought: "Perl in the greater context of (me and) the software business
by sundialsvc4 (Monsignor) on Mar 21, 2013 at 01:45 UTC

    Now, that is deja v all over again for me, too.   “A system designed by committee.”   Recommended the same action.   Nothing wrong with having a multitude of languages in one system (although I do frown on shell-scripts), but each one should have a clearly defined reason for having been selected.   Sometimes you feel that a rational design choice was made; sometimes it’s just an unholy mess.   Even though all of these languages are quite powerful, the untoward mixing of them in a single project breeds complexity ... and sometimes you just have to get rid of some of it.

    Python is an intriguing language with a lot of built-in list processing power; an obvious cultural heritage with LISP ... but I’m always afraid that someone will invent a “Python virus” that randomly inserts/removes spaces and tab-characters in the source code.   (For those of you in the peanut gallery, indentation has semantic meaning in Python.)   Still, it’s also one of my favorite tools.

      * dj vu
        > deja v

        priceless! =)

        Cheers Rolf

        (using the Perl Programming Language)

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