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Re: Why Perl?

by Your Mother (Bishop)
on Jul 17, 2013 at 15:39 UTC ( #1044850=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Why Perl?

Because Java. That's why.

See what I did there?

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Re^2: Why Perl?
by BrowserUk (Pope) on Jul 17, 2013 at 15:42 UTC

    Because PowerShell.

    See what I don't do there :)

    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.
Re^2: Why Perl?
by Preceptor (Deacon) on Jul 17, 2013 at 16:59 UTC

    Actually no, I don't really. You can consider all programming languages to be tools. Some tools are better suited than others to certain jobs.

    I'm not so fixated on Perl that I don't realise there's other tools out there, some of which are better suited. But at the same time, with a programming language there's an overhead to learning a new one. So you end up with a tradeoff between ease of use, and suitability as a toolset. I think Perl does well at that - it may not be as good at a specific job as a specific alternative, but it's pretty good at almost anything you could throw at it. Java... well, I just don't get along with Java. But that's prejudice rather than because there's anything particularly wrong with it as a language.

      Iím sorry if that was too Internetese. The joke is -> Q: Why? A: Because f*** you Java, thatís why.

      You are completely right that itís all just a collection of tools and some have more complete libraries for a given task than others. What follows is nothing but a G thang my take.

      PHP is fine as long as I donít accidentally fall in one its manifold sink holes.

      I could learn to enjoy Python and restrain my design instincts enough to not flinch when I have to look at it.

      I could learn to love Ruby and forgive it for some of its troubling side cars.

      I could be intimidated enough by Lisp to get good at it in defense of my own IQ and self-esteem.

      Et ceteraÖ

      I would rather work retail during the holidays than work with Java full time. I realize it has the best libraries for quite a few things and I use some of them. I would rather rewrite or port any given library from scratch than be stuck using it as anything other than a black box.

      You got good real advice from others though. :P

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