So, I'm an embedded firmware engineer who lives in the realm of C 99% of the time, and I am trying to decide on a scripting language to use for general work around my system.
Perl can do everything that C can do (albeit a bit slower, but not by much). Basically Perl code will run about 1/3 the speed, but you can write it 10x+ faster.
If you go to Fry's, all of the software is written in C. Nothing is written in JAVA. Nothing is written in Python or Perl either. However many huge websites are written in Perl.
As a firmware engineer, I would recommend Perl.
I've written binary processing stuff in Perl and there are folks here that can help with that.
I recommend Perl.
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