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Re^4: Perl and open source

by pg (Canon)
on Nov 14, 2004 at 04:02 UTC ( #407654=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^3: Perl and open source
in thread Perl and open source

"perl... but I think it falls more in line with python and ruby."

Your assertion is so true. Perl and Java actually fall in two different categories in real life, and they are like apple and orange. Java was never targeted to compete with Perl, and I don't think Larry Wall's target was or is to compete with Java, or even create a language for a close purpose.

One of my co-worker created a suite we used to build our system from cvs, and deploy it to testing and production environments, that was a good fit for Perl. Nobody in the team ever questioned whether we should build that suite in Java.

In my real life, I never had a situation where people argured about whether we should do so and so in Java or Perl, but there are times they discuss whether something should be done in .Net or Java. This shows that, there is usually(I added this word after read sporty's reply) a clear cut between Perl and things like Java and .Net. They are just created for different application areas.

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Re^5: Perl and open source
by exussum0 (Vicar) on Nov 14, 2004 at 04:09 UTC
    I don't completely agree on the clear cut part. Their intentions are kinda .. different, but you can accomplish, quite well, a lot of things in either language. For instance, using a language, i'm implementing an architecture for doing a lot of reporting like manipulations. The data is being fetched from the database and what not, but the underlying things that can be cached and redone w/o going back to the db, is done in that architecture. Am i doing it in perl or java? Either would be good fits, if they were the only mitigating factors, eh?

    But you are right. There are some things that are a lot easier in some languages. I love to say it: perl is quite expresive and easy to read if you are consistent, which for at least expressing certain things, make it really easy. Basic example, the merge sort. In java and c, i have to start allocating memory carefully, where in perl, I can be less careful, and do it in fewer lines, making the algorithm more prominent.. well.. if I don't start obfuing it.. which I won't. :)

    Then B.I. said, "Hov' remind yourself nobody built like you, you designed yourself"

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