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Assume that Perl has what you *want*

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Jun 01, 2001 at 01:20 UTC ( #84747=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Assume that Perl has what you need

My (thankfully distant) memories of PL/SQL suggest that most of the time it has what you need to be able to get from point A to point B. That doesn't impress me.

What first impressed me about Perl was the fact that it consistently had ways to not just get from point A to point B, but it had ways to express the problem and answer that were far cleaner than the kludge that I would have thought up on my own.

So while PL/SQL generally had, somewhere, the minimum I needed, Perl typically had what I wanted, even if I didn't know it at the time.

Therefore I would suggest that newbies to Perl should take the attitude that somewhere in Perl or on CPAN there is an approach to this problem that you really want to use, you just don't know about it yet...

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[Corion]: Discipulus: I'm slowly migrating my code to require 5.8.x ;) Most of my code works on 5.6, but Filter::signatures requires 5.10 I think
[Corion]: 5.14 is also a good target, widely available and fairly stable. Also, over five years old, which doesn't push people into a needless upgrade cycle
[Discipulus]: yes I saw your efforts Corion but the pain is worth?
[Corion]: Discipulus: IMO it's not that much pain, but most of the systems I use have a Perl 5.14 or newer on them nowadays
[marto]: the question is more, is Padre still the way new users should be directed?
[Discipulus]: ah ah I have all 5.26 atm but I play alone..
[Corion]: Except this RHEL box, which comes with Perl 5.10.1 , but there I installed my own 5.20.3 for the real Perl programs we run ;)
[Corion]: marto: I used Padre for some time but then switched to Notepad++, since all the funky features I wanted to put into Padre couldn't be made to work, and/or I lost interest :)
[Discipulus]: indeed marto I dunno. I tested once and many years ago. But I'm not the programmer yardstick. I try to install Padre via cpan now just to add a line about it in the issue. Strawberryperl all life long!
[marto]: yeah, when I worked on Windows I did use Np++ all the time

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