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Re: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex

by Ieronim (Friar)
on Jul 23, 2006 at 15:44 UTC ( #563125=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex

I have read discussions about "dying Perl", "Perl needeng a solution to survive" and i went through the comments to this node.

I still think that my Engish is to poor to explain my thoughts about this discussion. But i'll try.

I think that every computer language is a INSTRUMENT. Like a hammer or a drill. And if you need to to a certain work, you will choose the instrument to do it—but you won't think that "My hammer is better than any drill, so i'll perforate holes in the wall with it" or "Hammers are dying, so i'll drive this nail with my favourite drill". You will take the drill or the hammer and do the appropriate work with it, won't you?

I do my own work with Perl—and i can explain why i chose Perl to do it. And it does not matter for me if PHP is more popular than Perl or not.

And i don't understand how the popularity of PHP, Python, Ruby or VB does affect the usage of Perl for tasks that are better solved with it.

I understand that there are people who learn their first language to create the first dynamic webpage in their life. They will choose PHP. As PHP is a "language for creating dynamic webpages" :) And if somebody forgot, PHP was initially written in Perl as The Solution for creating webpages :)

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Re^2: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex
by ForgotPasswordAgain (Deacon) on Jul 23, 2006 at 18:19 UTC
    "Hammers are dying"

    Hilarious. :)

Re^2: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex
by Nude Reaper (Initiate) on Jul 26, 2006 at 20:50 UTC

    Yes, very well said - it's the tool (or "instrument" as you said, but same point). There is a saying, though - "to someone with a hammer, every problem looks like a nail." Something to think about. Our choice of solution may depend on our tool or instrument, as much as our choice of tool might depend on the problem.

    I'm sorry to hear that hammers are dying. I'll have to go out and buy another drill now.

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