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Re^2: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?

by Errto (Vicar)
on Mar 25, 2008 at 18:27 UTC ( #676192=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?
in thread What can bring the excitement back to Perl?

Sort of OT, and I basically haven't used PHP or Ruby, but I want to reply to your comment about Javascript.

In my experience, Javascript as a language has more to recommend it than a lot of people give it credit for. It has full support for dynamic typing, closures, resizeable arrays, associative arrays, a very flexible object system, and built-in regular expression support. Sort of like Perl, one might say. Now, Javascript also has some dark ugly corners, and it doesn't surprise me that it hasn't taken off in areas other than its one specialty of client-side web applications, but still.

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Re^3: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?
by stvn (Monsignor) on Mar 25, 2008 at 19:00 UTC

    Javascript was my first language actually (I am not counting BASIC on the Apple ][e back in '85) so I completely agree with you.

    My comment about Javascript was not actually meant to be a slight against it. Only a clarification that most people who had only been exposed to PHP, were also likely to be exposed to Javascript too. But as you said, JS has some ugly dark corners to it which gives it an undeservedly bad rep.


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