|Perl: the Markov chain saw|
Use Perl wisely, not cleverlyby Anonymous Monk
|on Feb 20, 2003 at 16:34 UTC||Need Help??|
We are not a cult, we are not a ring, we are not fundamentalist, but we are perl lovers. If this is a news to someone, now you heard it.
The most poisonous view about Perl is that Perl would be able to deliver everything, and Perl would be able to compete with Java or ASP.NET. That's pollution, and in online communities pollutions can spread really quickly, especially in certain communities where certain peoples are trying to turn it into a cult, and restlessly play the role of ring leaders, there are way too much effort has been spent on blindfold people.
Perl is a good regexp handler, other than that it is hardly anything the leader among all languages.
Perl is slow, uses lots of memories, does not support OO (unless you call ugly hacking support), does not support thread (again unless you call hacking ...), this goes on and on...
In case you never compared Perl with Java, and religiously thought that Perl will win some imaginary war against Java. I am more than happy to report my testing result: The test case iterated integers thru 1 to 10,000,000, and incremented each of them by 1. The time took by Perl and Java is 25:2, when c is 1.
Will Perl 6 save perl? N, O, NO. If this is a news, it is straightened out for you today. Perl is dead (in terms of a full-scale language) for years already, and has been cremated, if you expect a phoenix out of the fire, you are wasting your time, unless a BBQ chicken is an alternation for you.
Use Perl wisely, not cleverly. Remember this. I worked for lots of big names, and never saw a single serious project in Perl. Once saw it being used to create testing scripts, but as the testing cases become more and more complex, and needs threads, BANG, it is gone.