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Perlmonks - last site standing??

by Maestro_007 (Hermit)
on Apr 01, 2002 at 16:13 UTC ( #155779=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

They finally did it... the CPAN has yielded to the pressure and gone to Java. I'm so happy I could weep.

I read somewhere recently that the open source community was becoming increasingly fed up with Perl, with it's compact syntax that allows for so many mental effencies that it's difficult for someone with no human language ability to understand.

Like Python, they say, Java encourages, allows, even demands that people think in more abstract ways, providing layer upon layer upon layer of overhead, which is worth the extra CPU cycles simply because of the beauty of being married to a single way of "doing it".

Flexibility is bad, and it's about time that the most exhaustive single source of useful content for doing anything should convert to Java. Maybe this way, people using Java can finally achieve the levels of productivity that were until now the sole property of the Perl community.

Happy April 1!

MM

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Re: Perlmonks - last site standing??
by SageMusings (Beadle) on Apr 02, 2002 at 04:01 UTC
    Oh, I doubt that!

    They may be able to write good, efficient applications with shared modules, but they will never do it quickly. This is still the sole province of Perl. Java is far too cumbersome and low level for ad-hoc programming tools and applications requiring manageable complexity in a short design cycle.

    Really, besides looking good on a resume, where does Java fit in? It is not portable (No, it is not). It is not all that fast, either. IMHO it is a solution still looking for a problem domain. Embedded devices and web-enabled apps are good uses for Java. All else is a poor fit at best. Java is not Microsoft. That bit of PR has represented the crest of the wave the language has been riding.

    Python is beautiful, Java is respected by academia. Perl is just a workhorse. It is not fashionable, but man can it pull its weight!! So, who here planned on writing their next system tool in Java, anyway? Certainly not me.
      Dear Monk Gentlemen,

      My son would like to apologize for wasting everyone's time by swallowing hook, line, and sinker, the April fool's post. He has been sent to bed and will trouble you no more.

      Respectfully, SageMusing's Mother
        Oh dont be so hard on him...

        I mean take me, I got bitten by a parrot once...

        :-)

        Yves / DeMerphq
        ---
        Writing a good benchmark isnt as easy as it might look.

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