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Re: use Perl;

by eyepopslikeamosquito (Chancellor)
on May 28, 2005 at 22:34 UTC ( #461418=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to use Perl;

When I arrived at a company with around 40 developers, there were zero Perl programmers. Within three years, that had grown to 20. This happened without an official project and without any management "approval". The trick was to not ask for approval but to simply go out and start solving useful company problems with Perl. If you have enthusiasm and what you are doing is useful, others will follow.

As for specific tasks, when I started, they were building a multi-platform "glue" tool, using cygwin on Windows (rather than your MKS) to auto build and test a product across around 15 different platforms. Switching to Perl, I was immediately able to speed up some parts of this process from one hour down to five minutes (which was definitely noticed by the people who used to have to wait for an hour!). Someone in another department noticed what I was doing, and decided Perl was an excellent way to allow power users to extend and script our product -- noting that there is no barrier to bundling Perl with commercial product.

Outside the Web Application sphere, some areas where Perl might be used:

  • Build and test automation.
  • Adding power user scripting capability to product.
  • Product installation and configuration, e.g. Mandrakelinux.
  • Patch creation, distribution and testing.
  • Bug/request tracking, e.g. Bugzilla, RT.
  • Software configuration management, e.g. SVK (built on top of Subversion).
  • In-house wikis for information sharing, e.g. kwiki.
  • Creating slide presentations, e.g. Spork.
  • Timesheet systems.

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