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That old "right tool" thing usually gets dragged out as a way of saying "I don't want to use the tool you like." Perl is very good at a much wider range of tasks than most languages, and I don't see much point in learning bash programming or vim regexes when you already have a tool that does a great job.

Learn a new tool when you want to do something that Perl is lousy at, like CPU-intensive number crunching or writing device drivers. Or learn a new tool because you want exposure to new ideas (there is a lot of great writing about software development that is centered around Java or C). But don't feel bad about getting things done with tools that you know.


In reply to Re: Right tool for the job? by perrin
in thread Right tool for the job? by chester

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