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Re: Re: Real Languages vs. Perl

by doran (Deacon)
on Jan 20, 2001 at 10:52 UTC ( #53187=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Real Languages vs. Perl
in thread Real Languages vs. Perl

Ahhhhhhhhh, strong typing. That's one (at least for some). Also, I know Perl probably isn't the best for complex math (unless you know what you're doing).

So there are a couple of benefits. Still, that doesn't make Perl less than a real, full language, does it?

Like I said, if an average joe said this, I'd just pass it off, but M. Swaine isn't an average joe. So...

Maybe he's just pissed about TPJ being sold. ;}


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Re (tilly) 3: Real Languages vs. Perl
by tilly (Archbishop) on Jan 20, 2001 at 14:45 UTC
    Strong typing as usually implemented is a lot less useful than people imagine. See Smalltalk for a language without it which is very well suited to large projects. (In fact I have heard as a complaint that it is really only suited to large projects.)

    But yes. Perl is a real language. You can write real programs in it. They will do real work. You can get a real job being paid real money for this. Be happy. :-)

Re: Re: Re: Real Languages vs. Perl
by robsv (Curate) on Jan 22, 2001 at 04:39 UTC
    I wouldn't sweat M. Swaine's comments. It can be debated until the end of time what's "real" and what's not, but to my way of thinking, "real" is whatever gets the job done. If a language can be used to correctly solve a problem in a repeatable, timely manner (elegance is always good, too), then that's real enough.

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