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Re^3: Perl is dying

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Jul 17, 2006 at 14:12 UTC ( #561749=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Perl is dying
in thread Perl is dying

I never understood this point. Generally, I work with a constrained subset of Perl, because you donít need all of it all of the time, and my code is extremely consistent and regular. When Iím in a hurry, itís the structure of my programs that suffers, never the syntactic clarity. Thatís something that no language on Earth will ever save me from.

Iíve looked at Ruby and Iíve looked at Python, but I donít see any point in switching. Python just doesnít fit the way I think Ė for me, trying to work in it is like someone keeps tugging at your legs or arms every couple of moments while youíre trying to carry a bunch of big boxes from one place to another: itís impossible to get into the flow. Ruby, OTOH, is very very nice. I like it. However, when I look at what it offers over my use of Perl, thereís the clean, get-out-my-way OO system, Ö and well thatís it. In terms of expressiveness and power, all of these languages are on equal footing. Nothing that can be done in one of them takes significantly more or less effort in either of the other two.

So I donít understand how one of these languages can present a problem for a particular codebase that another would not.

At this point, if I were to switch, itíd have to be to a new, distinctly more powerful language, probably a somewhat unusual one Ė maybe Haskell. Most likely I will laze around until I slip into Perl 6. But Python and Ruby just donít outpace Perl 5 in any significant fashion.

Makeshifts last the longest.


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Re^4: Perl is dying
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Jul 17, 2006 at 20:28 UTC
    Nothing that can be done in one of them takes significantly more or less effort in either of the other two.

    Don't forget that Perl has better documentation and more libraries than especially Ruby.

      Don't forget that Perl has better documentation and more libraries than especially Ruby.

      Although things have improved quite a lot in the Ruby world over the last couple of years. I think Ruby's crossed a threshold of users now and we'll continue to see the docs/libraries expand rapidly.

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