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Re^2: Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?!

by heatblazer (Scribe)
on Sep 20, 2012 at 15:51 UTC ( #994693=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?!
in thread Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?!

Perl dead? I don`t believe so. First of all - Perl is easy. Yes, it`s not Python or Ruby. Even though they refer them for beginner languages ( which may be so in the basics ) they are getting tougher and tougher as you dive in. PHP is not so bad since it`s syntax resembles C++ and it`s OOP is easier than Perl`s. However, Perl is powerful, fast and very easy to learn, close to human language. You can write tons of useful code with just a small knowledge. Second - Perl refers to CONTEXT, something that other languages do not. If it looks like a function it is one, if it`s a scalar it is so. Other languages refer to variables as variables - storage of data, not context! This is important. IMHO, Perl and JavaScript are must know languages, that can accomplish almost any task together. I have positives to JAVA too because it is still general pps language, while pl, py, rb and php are still scripted/interpreted ones.

Back to topic: Perl is quite alive, amazon, imdb, tweeter and many other sites ( especially the ones with JSONP ) use it! Consider these facts before you back on Perl.

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Re^3: Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?!
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 12, 2012 at 00:21 UTC
    Yeh, Perl5 is easy. What is not, is to solve such problems the language implies, as everything works, but so many test for knowing if working good. That's one negative point, opposite of the positive point of: perl is easy and flexible. The thing is: why perl should be implemented on WWW platform, and not PHP. And, another question is: Why should Perl be used for doing that so many things you can do in Python? Before, some years ago, I thought: perl is damn important: it is installed in all unix like or bsd systems, but, not in windows, in which you can just install an active perl, or something else virtual machine. Now we have Parrot, and so on... the thing is: how many time is going to survive Perl, against the big amount of code being published in other scripting languages, which now a days, they're really power and useful. Also, they are "easy", or at least, easy is known as "powerful". I think, Perl6 is going to hit so strong, but people is not going to port their platforms in PHP, or so on, into Perl. And that, is a really negative for PerlWorld. (People will think: why should I waste my time into learning Perl, (which isn't easy at all, since it's huge), when I just can learn PHP, Python and SQL or SQL like. That's what I think. Cheers.

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