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For me: balance, no question.

Perl's a wonderful language until you run into one of its limitations, or a production environment that doesn't have Perl (and won't anytime soon, unless the sysadmin gets hit by a truck), or co-workers who don't know the language and can't get up to speed in time to meet a deadline, or any number of other contingencies. It's nice to have a backup plan.

That said, my language experience is mostly confined to two languages, Perl and C/C++. (I include C++ because the C++ I write looks a lot like "C with classes".) In both cases, I'm quite comfortable with using the language, but not necessarily with hacking it. (I can decipher most obfus, and answer most of my co-workers' Perl questions, but I know nearly nothing about perlguts, for instance.) I'm planning to add Common LISP, or maybe Scheme, to that list in the near future, because I'm starting to feel like I've run out of tricks.

In addition to the two languages that I'm comfortable coding in, I also know bits and pieces of many others (Haskell and Prolog being the most interesting), which occasionally gives me an edge when I'm presented with a problem that fits one of them perfectly. (That happens most often with SQL.)

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In reply to Re: perl : focus or balance by FoxtrotUniform
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