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Re: Re: (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?

by Anonymous Monk
on Mar 11, 2003 at 03:55 UTC ( #241935=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?
in thread (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?

I'm not really saying that Perl should become a language you can write an OS in

Good, because anything you can write a half-decent operating system in is NOT a general purpose programming language. It would be far too low-level to be useful.

Perl, on the other hand, is definately general purpose. If you want evidence of this, look at the CPAN. Image/audio manipulation to web crawling to processing hundreds of file formats to cgi scripts to mod_perl to natural language processing and back again. If that isn't general purpose, what is?


Comment on Re: Re: (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?
Re: (A6) Perl 6, a general-purpose language?
by crenz (Priest) on Mar 11, 2003 at 08:42 UTC

    Good, because anything you can write a half-decent operating system in is NOT a general purpose programming language. It would be far too low-level to be useful.

    Yes, that's why I am always astonished why people keep on writing apps in C ;-)

      I'm not sure if you mean that sarcastically or not, but it is true. 98% of apps written in c, should not be. A higher level language (such as Perl) would save on development costs, produce far more stable/secure code while meeting performance requirements.

      Then again, if companies want to be stupid, it's not my money they're losing.

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