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Re^3: seeking direction to start with perl

by desemondo (Hermit)
on Feb 04, 2010 at 23:26 UTC ( #821472=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


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I advocate writing all non-trivial new scripts in Perl, not shell.
Absolutely, I totally agree.

The point I was trying to make was that shell scripts are ideal for simple stuff. And that it doesn't usually make sense to use Perl for those tasks... Unless those scripts are beyond two or three lines, or the shell doesn't provide enough power or control.

In otherwords, if the shell already provides what you need, there isn't much (or any) benefit in rolling your own, whether it be in Perl, VB, php, or any other scripting language...
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[Corion]: GotToBTru: Heh ;) I'm not really endorsing it, as I found that any gains made through it are easily squandered by the hours spent on configuring it. At least in my case :)
[GotToBTru]: Like most Swiss Army Knives, you can cut yourself trying to find the blade you actually want
[GotToBTru]: i am satisfied with the default settings turning the seemingly random formatting into something reliable
[Corion]: GotToBTru: Yeah, I started a quick(ly implemented but slowly running) implementation of a program that would guess the "best" configuration (that is, least amount of changes) from my code, but then found that it stops parsing the source as soon as it ..
[GotToBTru]: sadly, it can't do anything about this
[Corion]: ... encounters sub foo($bar,$baz) {, which is something I like nowadays
[Corion]: GotToBTru: Yeah, that stuff is hard to do away automatically ;)
[GotToBTru]: yeah, you mentioned it could not handle signatures

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