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Re: Why Perl?

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Jul 17, 2013 at 16:35 UTC ( #1044863=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Why Perl?

Don't teach, nor preach. Demonstrate.

If these are "close colleagues", you'll have a very good idea of the type of tasks they regularly encounter, and those that they find most difficult to deal with.

Solve that problem with perl -- but before you take it to them; post it here and ask for improvements.

Once you've selected the best approach -- by your personal (assessment of their) criteria -- set them that task; or preferably, challenge them to solve it.

Then compare notes. Your (PM optimised) solution versus their <insert tool name> solutions.

Do it right, and you'll get some takers.

Do it twice -- with one of the early adopters providing the 'winning' solution (by their criteria not yours!) -- and you'll get lots of takers.

No marketing; deception nor sleight of hand. Just good code demonstrating its worth.

With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

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Re^2: Why Perl?
by Preceptor (Deacon) on Jul 17, 2013 at 16:55 UTC

    I'm halfway there - there's a selection of things I've done (in Perl) that have been enough to interest people. A couple of thing sufficiently complicated that doing it in a shell script is a terrifying prospect. A couple of others that some just didn't really realise was feasible. (XML Parsing some command outputs to drive some automated reporting).

    Several have expressed an interest in learning more - not least, because there's at least two scripts I use that whilst not strictly essential, there's a lot of envy of how easy I've made my life. (And then there's one or two scripts that were put in place as workarounds, but the underlying cause isn't going to get fixed any time soon, either).

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