|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Re: When to use Java?by ajt (Prior)
|on Nov 19, 2002 at 13:03 UTC||Need Help??|
There are times when Perl isn't the best solution, and there are times when it is...
In the case you mentioned you are comparing apples with zebras. The Perl application is probably running as a CGI application, so the server forks of Perl each time, which is very slow to do. The Java application has been pre-loaded and compiled, so when it's called it doesn't have to grind away starting Java and compiling away like the Perl code does.
The comparison is not fair. To make it fair run the Perl code under mod_Perl or similar (e.g. FastCGI), or force the Java code to run through CGI. Java may still be faster, but you never know until you do a fair comparison.
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Hope this helps...