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I use Perl at work for

by vroom (Pope)
on Apr 24, 2001 at 22:26 UTC ( #75176=poll: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

vote on I use Perl at work for

Most of my development
[bar] 443/47%
Some of my development
[bar] 158/17%
Only scripts to make my life easier
[bar] 147/16%
I only use Perl for fun
[bar] 104/11%
[bar] 58/6%
[bar] 23/2%
933 total votes
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Re: I use Perl at work for
by BigJoe (Curate) on Apr 24, 2001 at 23:20 UTC
    I was hired as an ASP developer but I have changed their minds to use Perl for everything. I have just embedded some Perl to their brains
    use Perl; foreach (@everything){ eval{$_}; }


    Learn patience, you must.
    Young PerlMonk, craves Not these things.
    Use the source Luke. satisfying isn't it. It's unfortunate that Perl isn't so compatible with Japanese, or I might be able to convert everything to it. Of course, then I have to teach everyone how to use Perl.


        There is considerable internationalization work going on in Perl. People like Jeffrey Friedl have been using Perl to process Japanese text for some time, so it is possible even if I haven't done it.

        An alternative to consider if you don't want to figure out the appropriate hoops for Perl to jump is Ruby. It was developed in Japan so I bet its support for working with Japanese text is pretty good. I would have to investigate, but I suspect that Perl's Unicode support is further along. But Ruby has natively supported common Japanese formats for a while, but Perl isn't quite so strong there.

        Everything is already written in Perl. But I don't see what that has to do with Japane -- oh, wait. Ignore me.. ;>

        perl -e 'print "I love $^X$\"$]!$/"#$&V"+@( NO CARRIER'

      well as an Digital IC designer all our simulations produces tons of data files as does formal verification + synthesis. Perl rules for sorting /parsing these... + a million other uses
Re: I use Perl at work for
by KM (Priest) on Apr 25, 2001 at 00:46 UTC
    I don't relate the words 'Perl' and 'work' to be in the same sentence. Perl was my hobby years ago, now I get paid for it.. I don't consider writing Perl 'work'. BUT, as far as the question goes.. I use it for about 99% of what I do. The other 1% is shell scripting, and maybe some sed/awk when needed.

    Actually, it was funny. Yesterday, I was debugging with a co-worker and during this I had to do some various substitutions, or reformat text output files, etc... and any time I had to do something like that (which could be done in vi) I would do a one-liner or write a small script (if needed). My co-worker said "Man, you simply use Perl for everything!"


Re: I use Perl at work for
by turnstep (Parson) on Apr 24, 2001 at 23:37 UTC

    Where's the "All of my development" option?

    Why do you think I *took* my job? :)

(dws)Re: I use Perl at work for
by dws (Chancellor) on Apr 25, 2001 at 01:40 UTC
    My favorite at-work use of Perl is the script that runs every night on my NT box to connect to our Exchange Server via Outlook. The script pulls down a snapshot of my Inbox, processes it, and pumps data into Excel to make a bar chart graph of my email backlog. I have a 2000+ message backlog, so there's enough data to see patterns. The graph does show monthly and quarterly patterns. End-of-quarter time is nuts.
Re: I use Perl at work for
by ailie (Friar) on Apr 24, 2001 at 23:28 UTC

    I wish they'd let me use Perl at work, but alas in my current position on the bottom rung of the food chain, I am pretty much stuck with removing viruses from PCs. Sigh...

    I did write a cool script for workorders, but the bosses didn't implement it.

    ailie | | I have a weakness for orange.

Re: I use Perl at work for
by Jonathan (Curate) on Apr 25, 2001 at 00:25 UTC
    We use Perl mainly as a 'C' replacement language.... Oh and for the Intranet CGI stuff.... Oh and as a Java code generator.... Oh and for all housekeeping tasks.... Oh and for our source control system... Oh and for our Excel spreadsheet reports.... Oh and for our web data downloads... Oh and for writing Apache modules...

    need I go on?
Re: I use Perl at work for
by wardk (Deacon) on Apr 25, 2001 at 01:08 UTC

    Being one of the luckiest (lucky <> competent :) developers I know, I get to do all my current work in Perl (aside from an occasional PL/SQL or Korn shell script).

    In the past 3 years, I have not only had the pleasure to design and maintain a boatload of Perl apps, I also have had the distinct pleasure of terminating (with extreme predjudice :), three Active Server applications.

    1. 1998 - replaced ASP-based supplier/part catalog with Perl
    2. 1999 - replaced ASP-based expense product config with Perl
    3. 2001 - replaced ASP-based HR intranet portal with....Perl

    condolences to those who had to choose cowboy neal, but the above scenarios were also coincidentally (like neal) "on a bus to never ever land". ;-)

      Oh yes... doing one of these right now. It feels sooooo good ;)

      $japh->{'Caillte'} = $me;

Re: I use Perl at work for
by mrmick (Curate) on Apr 25, 2001 at 17:05 UTC
    Although people here recognize that I use Perl everyday, part of my routine (yes, routine) is still convincing others that Perl is a real programming language and NOT strictly a scripting language. It seems that even when I prove that it runs faster than VB or Java for processing text to update a database(for example), they still remain firmly seated in their little trenches.

    It is fun proving them wrong, though..... :-)

Re: I use Perl at work for
by TeKk9 (Scribe) on Apr 25, 2001 at 07:30 UTC
    Everything! I've written daemons, used it to collect stats from the web site and other machines, with the Expect module I've automated things my boss previously thought impossible. I've also used it in cgi and made a work horse out of the perl DBI! Love it, can't say enough about it. My life made easier by PERL.
Re: I use Perl at work for
by mikfire (Deacon) on Apr 25, 2001 at 02:40 UTC
    For once, I was forced to select something other than CowboyNeal. I had to select other because there was no "All of the above" option.


Re: I use Perl at work for
by jednet (Novice) on Apr 30, 2001 at 09:04 UTC
    if only I could use Perl at the Starbucks I work at...

    I think I need to find a new job.
Re: I use Perl at work for
by Caillte (Friar) on Apr 25, 2001 at 17:40 UTC

    Once again I find I need at least three of these entries. I voted on 'Most of my development' but I also need 'I only use perl for fun' and 'Other', Other being 'Live perl, eat perl, drink perl, sleep perl' ;)

    $japh->{'Caillte'} = $me;

Perl glue (hired) gun
by Bliss (Novice) on Apr 25, 2001 at 18:52 UTC
    Perl working fine as a glue ... connecting COBOL on the Big Iron to DB2 on UNIX.
Re: I use Perl at work for
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 25, 2001 at 22:37 UTC
Re: I use Perl at work for
by Jouke (Curate) on May 03, 2001 at 13:44 UTC
    I voted other....why 'most of my development'?? ALL of my development is done in Perl!!

    Jouke Visser, Perl 'Adept'
      Here! Here! The only other language I use is C and that is for embedded development here at work.

      My 'personal' company? Only Perl. Im so glad I was led to this site. Glad to see I am not the only enlightened soul. :)
Re: I use Perl at work for
by AgentM (Curate) on Apr 26, 2001 at 00:34 UTC
Re: I use Perl at work for
by Daddio (Chaplain) on Apr 26, 2001 at 02:47 UTC
    The official "scripting" tool at work is the Korn shell. Perl is "not approved" by our Tech Ops group's standards, mostly due to its perceived lack of paid support. I still manage to use it for all kinds of CGI/Web interfaces to databases and document assembler-type pages. I am also starting to use more it in place of ksh scripts in my day-to-day activities, mostly thanks to the knowledge I have gained from reading all the Seekers of Perl Wisdom and Q&A pages here in the Monastery. Thanks again to all for the help, encouragement, and generally fun atmosphere!
Re: I use Perl at work for
by mumbles (Friar) on Apr 29, 2001 at 18:51 UTC
    I am trying to use Perl at work. At work we just finished rolling out Unicenter TNG on Win32. Through the rollout we used DOS scripts to automate what we could but of course beyond simple stuff or extensive gyrations we now need something more advanced. Enter Perl and my impassioned plea to management for the use of Perl. Unfortunately my direct manager (who's mind is set in a '70s mainframe management mentality) just can't get his head around Perl and can't see why DOS (which he doesn't understand either) can't do all we need. Anyways, I hang around here and try to learn Perl while testing on my home network hoping that my manager will take early retirement and we can get on with the business at hand. A big thank you to the monks -- learning Perl is much easier with them
Re: I use Perl at work for
by seanbo (Chaplain) on Apr 30, 2001 at 17:01 UTC
    I am just starting to learn perl and use it at work. I still find much of it confusing, but it seems to be very flexible and powerful. I think it will more than suit my needs. I am really starting to enjoy learning it. Thanks to perlmonks, things are getting much better for me! seanbo Ahh..the odd dog is a strange beast indeed, nobody wants him, but he always seems to be there.
Re: I use Perl at work for
by Beatnik (Parson) on Apr 26, 2001 at 05:36 UTC
    As usual the combined answer would suit better :
    I only use perl for fun, for most of my development, which ends up making my life easier...

    ... Quidquid perl dictum sit, altum viditur.
Re: I use Perl at work for
by kha0z (Scribe) on Apr 29, 2001 at 06:33 UTC
    All I have to say is that Perl is fun! Getting paid for coding in Perl is just a bonus (that I don't get)!

    Good Hunting,

Re: I use Perl at work for
by wogglebug (Sexton) on Apr 30, 2001 at 23:42 UTC
    100% Perl, 0% Java!!!!
I use Perl at work for
by Anonymous Monk on May 04, 2001 at 17:51 UTC
    Software inventory, software deployments, logonscript, manage NT domain David "Sniper" Rigaudiere
Re: I use Perl at work for
by Anonymous Monk on May 12, 2001 at 00:45 UTC
    Primary reason for me (a programming rookie for now) to stick with Perl is lots of good helps are around on the web (like PerlMonks). Moreover, Perl itself is indeed very powerful.

I only use Perl for fun
by zane (Acolyte) on May 14, 2001 at 01:07 UTC
    I only use Perl for fun, because my boss is afraid of all things new and different. This state of affairs is somewhat ironic, as he works at JPL, and is just about the last remaining person refusing to abandon the VMS operating system.

    This is ironic because, IIRC, Perl was born at JPL on Vax machines which were (I belive) running VMS, right? At least, larry wall had an e-mail address at the JPL Vax development cluster.

    If we don't change direction soon, we'll end up where we're going.

Re: I use Perl at work for
by monk2b (Monk) on May 08, 2001 at 22:07 UTC
    I can only find an unused login for CowboyNeal.What's the deal with CowboyNeal

      What's the deal with CowboyNeal

      Read Slashdot. CowboyNeal is one of the guys who runs Slashdot, and his name is (almost) always the final option on the Slashdot polls.

      Related, check out this node.


      %_=split/;/,".;;n;u;e;ot;t;her;c; ".   #   Andy Lester
      'Perl ;@; a;a;j;m;er;y;t;p;n;d;s;o;'.  #
      "hack";print map delete$_{$_},split//,q<   >
Re: I use Perl at work for
by Banky (Acolyte) on May 11, 2001 at 08:43 UTC
    I'm looking for work right now but hopefully it will include a good bit of Perl :)
Re: I use Perl at work for
by petemar1 (Pilgrim) on May 14, 2001 at 21:00 UTC

    A friend told me his department is moving from Perl to servlets. I'm ambivalent on which is better. "Use the best tool for the job."

Re: I use Perl at work for
by cacharbe (Curate) on May 15, 2001 at 06:13 UTC
    "Um, Chuck, we need an app to move 300 excel files to .pdf"
    --"Sure, I can do that in perl"

    "Ahh, Chuck, we need to parse a different set of 60 Excel files and move them to a SQL database"
    --"Sure, I can do that in Perl"

    "So, Chuck, We need to create something to take 'any' form
    and email to anyone inside the corporation, what do you
    know about CDONTS"
    --"BAH, I can do that in perl...with my eyes closed"

    "Chuck, is there anything you can't do with perl?"
    --"Um, no. No there's not."

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