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Re: Are programmers getting too lazy for perl?

by robot_tourist (Hermit)
on Oct 03, 2007 at 06:44 UTC ( #642315=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Are programmers getting too lazy for perl?

This should probably be in Meditations.

I think perl has a few things going against it from a cultural perspective. It's not used for developing the basic tools, like operating systems, office applications and databases, or even games - so people might think that it's not a serious language. Also, while some may know about Amazon and others that run multi-million dollar businesses with Perl, in general it is seen as a web scripting language. It doesn't have the support of Microsoft so it doesn't get the shiny tools like Visual Studio except via third parties like ActiveState. Neither is it a Wirth language, so many computer scientists won't like it or teach about it (I have no experience with LISP so I can't compare it with that).

Finally, perhaps many coders aren't lazy enough. I know I often only write code to develop a big application or maintain an old one and I don't always use Perl for the little jobs, like generating test input or running batch jobs and stuff like that.

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Re^2: Are programmers getting too lazy for perl?
by Cop on Oct 03, 2007 at 22:32 UTC

    Talk about Amazon, well those multi-million sites are legacy. Ask those people, whether they still will use Perl, if they start today from scratch.

    With legacy systems, if it is working, you don't just redesign them because there is new technologies available.

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