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I use Perl for two basic reasons.

It is an extrememly rich language (TMTOWTDI). I can express what I want to in a way that pleases me (or my boss) most, depending on what I want.

It has reached critical mass. I have a wide choice of existing solutions (i.e. CPAN), and I know it is supported well.

I've looked at Python, but never used it. It appears to meet my criteria above -- it would take a lot of my time to find out. Perhaps if I didn't know Perl now I would spend more time trying. The main reason I don't is probably the same as why 99% of everyone else doesn't switch -- the arguments that I've seen put forth for it don't outweigh the pain that must be endured to convert over to it.

BTW, why should I use Python when I can switch to Ruby? I've heard claims that its better than Perl and Python put together. There are many, many cases where arguments can be made for a less popular technologies (Apple ][ vs Commodore 64; C vs Pascal/Modula/Oberon/etc; Mac vs PC) and I picked the side of the less popular solution because I just thought it was "cleaner". Give me something that is *better* than CPAN and I might take a second look.


In reply to Re: Perl vs. Python: Looking at the Code by bluto
in thread Perl vs. Python: Looking at the Code by mothra

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