I don't think we'd have the web as we know it today if it wasn't for Perl. I would rank it as the second most important bit of code out there, right behind Apache. Granted, we wouldn't have much of a web without the browser, but the browsers really haven't advanced much in the 10 years we've had them.
hehe, at one of my previous clients, I was constantly taunted by the Java developers :-) "ooh, mr dba says perl can do this, perl can do that? oh, is there anything perl can't do? Why don't you learn a real programming language instead of that scripting toy? Perl doesn't scale. Java is superior to your puny perl."
Yeah yeah, my perl does the job every time, I can code in it worlds faster than C, no there isn't anything that perl cannot do, and hey buddy you run bytecode just like I do! It was fun for awhile but it grew boring to hear the same chiding. So the next time it came up I challenged them: put your money where your mouth is. I can do in perl what you can do in java, and just for giggles I'll do it better. They got quiet quick, all bark and no bite.
Finally after a month of their comments being repeatedly squashed with my challenge, one of them stepped up. We set a start and an end date and program goals. I whipped his ass and was done a day early to boot.
*sigh* and then it was right back to the same old crud, "is there anything perl can't do?" So I learned Java just to piss them off. I like Perl better.
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