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Re: regarding intolerance to perl which I observe

by Your Mother (Chancellor)
on Jul 26, 2013 at 18:36 UTC ( #1046583=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to regarding intolerance to perl which I observe

I'm in a pure Perl group (we use bits of Java, C, ActionScript, etc) at a Fortune 20 company.

Perl is a first class language. It has the best Unicode support, it has to some, and regardless of whatever bowing and scraping about bolt-ons some feel is necessary, the best object oriented systems around (vanilla, inheritance, mix-ins, roles, coercion, etc), it's still ubiquitous (excepting mobile), it has the lowest defect density of any high level language, it's very fast for a dynamic language, it has great community support, it has the CPAN, etc.

I'm also sick of the Perl bashing, and even the half-hearted apologetic support from some users bothers me. I adore Perl. You can write lousy code in any language though I admit Perl gives you plenty of rope to do so. Perl also has some of the best testing tools so bad code in Perl is *only* a reflection of the developer and, like PHP, the low barrier to entry. Perl's greatest weakness in the flame game is that it's so flexible and so easy to learn, non-programmers have written lots of code in it.

If you're willing to relocate and have decent chops there are tons of Perl jobs. On a personal note, you need to do what will make you happy. If that's Perl, great. If not, find it and don't worry. Haters gonna hate.

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[stevieb]: james28909: what's the problem/question?
[james28909]: it is not an absolute date like "27" or "31". sometimes it is like wednesday or friday
[james28909]: and i need to format those special instances into an absolute date instead of "yesterday"
[stevieb]: ask a question on SoPW, and include at least a half-dozen examples of the input, and at least one example of expected output
[davido]: Exactly: SoPW. This isn't going to be solved easily in the CB.
[james28909]: in need "yesterday" and so on, to be absolute like "1" or "31"
[stevieb]: ...and throw some of your existing code into the equation as well, just so readers know you've given a try at it ;)
[james28909]: ok
[stevieb]: davido thanks for the link ;) I was being the typical lazy
[davido]: date parsing is hard. The more examples you can provide of the input (within reason) and expected output, the better.

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