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Re^2: Learn Perl

by radiantmatrix (Parson)
on Jun 13, 2008 at 20:13 UTC ( #692005=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Learn Perl
in thread Learn Perl

.NET is, I'm sure, a good language to learn, and I've seen some job ads requiring it, but I have no experience with it. This language does tie you to the Windows platform

Two nitpicks:

  1. .NET is a platform, not a language. You can write .NET applications in C#, ASP, VisualBasic, etc.
  2. You aren't necessarily tied to Windows using .NET, thanks to the Mono Project. That said, getting support for .NET applications outside of Windows could be tricky.

One of the things I like about Perl is how complete it's multi-platform support is:

  • The Perl interpreter works just about anywhere. Even on the iPhone...
  • Writing cross-platform apps is easy, thanks to things like File::Spec
  • There's a huge library of pre-existing, cross-platform solutions in the form of CPAN.

Put succinctly, I guess I'd say it's the community, stupid! :)

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Re^3: Learn Perl
by talexb (Canon) on Jun 15, 2008 at 20:00 UTC

    Thanks for the feedback -- I didn't know that .NET is a platform. Obviously.

    The bigger problem I have is with Microsoft; I'm not happy with any supplier who decides, at their own convenience, that a pre-existing product will become unavailable after a certain date, or functionally hobbled somehow. That's why open source is great -- once you have the source code for something, you are free to do whatever you want.

    And Perl, as you said, has this amazing community that is available to you for feedback, help, suggestions, whatever you need. Awesome.

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

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