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Re: perl python compare

by moritz (Cardinal)
on Mar 28, 2011 at 07:55 UTC ( #895859=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

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Re^2: perl python compare
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 29, 2011 at 03:24 UTC
    Do you realize that the thread is almost a decade old.

        In the intervening decade, Python has steadily gotten more popular, has gotten more packages (though still not as many as the CPAN has), and has released Python 3 (which breaks backward compatibility (not too badly), but cleans up the language in some areas that needed it).

        Likewise, in the past 10 years, Perl 5 has accreted more modules to help make Perl 5 more modern and attractive (while maintaining backward compat).

        To the OP I'd say:

        • Perl 5 compared to Python: it's a toss-up. Python is more modern, but Perl 5 is good once you drag in a big pile of CPAN modules to fix it up. Perl 5 still beats Python at string processing and also at having more usable and practical modules to get your job done. Python is simple and easy though, which counts for something.
        • Perl 6 compared to Python: Perl 6 does look pretty damn amazing. Though, right now it needs docs and performance before it can be compared to Python.

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[RonW]: as I understand it, RPerl "compiles" a subset of Perl to C, so I would expect the final executable to run a lot faster
[RonW]: Is there an English language version of the site?
[LanX]: but Afaik Perl is on average about 10-20 times slower than C
[LanX]: no
[LanX]: but I could ask Herbert to elaborate
[1nickt]: performance_benchm arks.html

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