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I think, part of what really makes any scripting language great is what it can be used for and the number of computers it can run on.

I think, the language that comes closes to Perl is JavaScript. JavaScript can run inside any computer browser even in cell phones, which is why it is such a popular language. But it is used for client-side scripting mostly. In Windows, some HP printer setup programs are written entirely in JavaScript, which is very cool. But these scripts will only work on Windows!

The JavaScript that runs in a web browser vs the one that installs HP printer drivers run on different levels. The latter one requires administrator privilege to run. The former one is not even allowed to access files on the user's hard drive! So, JavaScript is very limited in a sense. When working with binary files, Perl can easily read just the first 512 bytes of a 5gb iso file. JavaScript cannot do that. It would try to read the entire file first, and there's nothing you can do to go around that. lol

Perl can be used on the web and so can JavaScript be used on the web. But Perl can run on Windows, but a JS script won't run on Linux!


In reply to Re^2: Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018 by harangzsolt33
in thread Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018 by Crosis

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