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Re: How long have you been using Perl?

by PhilHibbs (Hermit)
on May 11, 2004 at 11:29 UTC ( #352407=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to How long have you been using Perl?

My brother is a Unix sysadmin and support guy, and he told me that I'd probably enjoy Perl. This was probably back in about 1999. I read the Camel, but didn't do much with it. I'd used regexes in a rather good programmer's editor, so it wasn't that mind-blowing at the time.

I re-discovered Perl by being given a large (4000+ installation, for a major auto manufacturer) Windows SQL database application to support. It had originally been written to run on Unix, then ported to Windows, and a lot of the support scripts were written in Perl. I wrote a couple of new ones, and was surprised at how easy and robust it was.

Since then I've been using Perl as a tool language while doing my main work in other languages. I've made colossal time savings by writing scripts for my colleagues to use that make the job easier.


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