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Re: Perl in the "Microsoft Research Center"

by Anonymous Monk
on Jan 15, 2004 at 08:07 UTC ( #321498=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Perl in the "Microsoft Research Center"

Just two questions - Do you really think Microsoft would support Perl in any way if it threatened them at all? And if not, then why are these things always viewed as a good thing for Perl.

It's a sign of Perl's increasing ineffectiveness. The $40 billion-in-the-bank monopoly that created such wonderful things as windows, activex, and visual basic likes your language. I'd be worried.

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Re: Re: Perl in the "Microsoft Research Center"
by DrHyde (Prior) on Jan 15, 2004 at 10:12 UTC
    Using perl does not imply supporting it. Even so, perl isn't a threat to MS, nor would I want it to be. It's Just Another Language which they may or may not support in their products in the future just like they've supported C, BASIC, Java, Fortran, COBOL and perl (yes, perl) in the past. And unlike (eg) Java it isn't encumbered with a litigious MS-hating corporation or a restrictive licence.

    Contrary to popular geek mythology, people working for MS are not stupid. Some of them may be ... ethically challenged, but stupid they ain't. And intelligent knowledgeable people like to use the best tools available for their job, which sometimes means using perl. And intelligent managers say to their intelligent peons^Wemployees "OK, you can use perl, because it will mean you do more work and make Bill more millions".

    Note to self: stop replying to trolls.

    Oh bother.

Re: Re: Perl in the "Microsoft Research Center"
by gmpassos (Priest) on Jan 15, 2004 at 18:42 UTC
    If you take a look, before blame anything, they aren't using Perl to support it or to make softwares that work with it. They are developing new things with Perl and porting Perl resources to others.

    For me this tell how Perl is practical and efficient, or why they aren't using their own technology to develop? Because Perl is already there and works very well.

    Graciliano M. P.
    "Creativity is the expression of the liberty".

      Ive heard that MS uses Perl as a part of their daily build and test processes. I dont know if it is (or for that matter ever was) true, but it sounds possible, even perhaps likely.


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      demerphq

        First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.
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        "Ive heard that MS uses Perl as a part of their daily build and test processes. I dont know if it is (or for that matter ever was) true, but it sounds possible, even perhaps likely."

        Yeah, it's true. Perl was being used heavily in the build process. I don't know if they still use it or have switched to something else.

        metadoktor

        "The doktor is in."

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