I believe that Larry wrote Perl in C due to Perl's widespread use in the Unix environment, considering Unix was also written in C. He pretty much compiled various Unix language uses, such as awk, c... and created Perl. I would hope that he knows Perl backwards and forwards considering he did write it. Although, I must admit, I prefer coding in Perl because it's just so damn easy :) - thus probably why scripting in Perl is so popular. Of course scripting could be written in C if one were ever so inclined to do so, but as you stated above: "Perl ROCKS at text processing."!!! (exclamation points added by me!) And mod_perl is all that you say it is - faster - because it's a preloaded program. :)
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