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Re: Re: Re: What's the biggest piece of work you've done alone with Perl?

by Your Mother (Canon)
on Apr 22, 2003 at 08:16 UTC ( #252213=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Re: What's the biggest piece of work you've done alone with Perl?
in thread What's the biggest piece of work you've done alone with Perl?

Team or individual, it's prudent to see the quality of the code before judging, wouldn't you agree? 90% The Conway™ just might stand a chance of being better than 90% temp-SDEs. There have been fantastic large things done mostly by an individual with Perl (like Mason, right? or like the amazing sounding wireless stuff dragonchild wrote about, or CGI.pm for that matter—almost 1/2 of its 6,400 lines is code and I know that many have worked on it today but at one point it was the work of one and that single module drove a staggering portion of web development).

The power of the communit(y|ies) is evident just by visiting this amazing site. I'm curious about the extreme edge of the leverage that Perl gives the individual. There are many, many users here who own scads of modules or big parts of Perl. What better group to put this question to?

The second question does include "what modules?" I'm not seeking the Alceste formula... unless of course you have it. :)


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Re: Re: Re: Re: What's the biggest piece of work you've done alone with Perl?
by perrin (Chancellor) on Apr 22, 2003 at 22:26 UTC
    Perl is certainly a productive language, but people can and do write large applications in languages like C++. That's how most open source apps get started. Not Mason though. That was a collaboration before it made it to CPAN and is even more so now, with Dave Rolsky taking on a lot of it. And of course the work on "big parts of Perl" is done in C, not Perl.

    I think that the key to Perl's productivity is easy data structures and CPAN. Standing on the shoulders of giants makes it possible to do amazing things "alone" when in reality you're collaborating with a few hundred people.

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