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Re: Perl and open source

by radiantmatrix (Parson)
on Nov 15, 2004 at 01:20 UTC ( #407746=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl and open source

I can think of a few reasons.

First, Perl has its own community and distribution methods: we use CPAN, we publish code on PM and on Perl-specific sites. Perl developers seem less likely to want or use the SourceForge network.

Second, there are things Perl just isn't well-suited to: writing drivers, for example. A great number of SF projects are Linux drivers for things.

Third, while Tk is pretty slick, it isn't the kind of toolkit that many developers and end-users would want for a polished, comprehensive GUI product. I personally like how clean it is, but many developers want to use Qt and GTK and wx* toolkits.

Fourth, C/C++ have been around longer than Perl; they also have more developers.

Fifth, one of the beautiful things about Perl is how it makes small tasks easy to automate and enhance. A lot of how Perl is used results in programs of a few hundred lines that do one particular thing really well. I can't imagine a lot of those "mini-scripts" would get published as SF projects.

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