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Re^3: perl not omnipotent? let's see!

by Moron (Curate)
on Oct 20, 2005 at 08:55 UTC ( #501567=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: perl not omnipotent? let's see!
in thread perl not omnipotent? let's see!

Some of the replies have already cited examples which suffice to show that just because something is computable doesn't mean it's feasible, for a given Turing-complete language.


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Re^4: perl not omnipotent? let's see!
by spiritway (Vicar) on Oct 21, 2005 at 01:50 UTC

    Well, that's true. You could theoretically compute something like the weather forecasts on a C-64, but you'd have to wait a few millennia to get the "forecast".

    Still, the original concept that you presented was that Perl could do anything any other programming language could do, which is true - but as you point out, it doesn't mean it's feasible. In particular, things that are very time-sensitive may require C or assembly language programming, that sort of thing.

    Nevertheless, I do like your idea, because it emphasizes that Perl is quite capable of handling most of the problems that get thrown at it, despite what some people say about it being a "scripting" language, or being "weakly typed", and all that. Hey, it's useful, it's easy to get into it, and it can be fun. What more do you want? Other than a DWIM, I mean...

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