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The only thing that really matters to management is "can it do the job?"

Ahh, if only this were true. So much management also cares about it being Windows compatible or if it's Sun's new gimmick or if IBM is going to segue the iSeries into using it or whatever. There's a lot more silliness that goes on.

As a Mac guy, I love to talk about objective-c, which is a beautiful language. The way I've read it in the past has said (roughly) that first there was C, and then people decided, "Hey, this object oriented stuff is pretty cool! Let's make C object oriented!"

And two things came out of it initially. C++ was C with simula style objects grafted onto it, and was designed to produce fast programs. Objective-C was C with smalltalk style objects grafted onto it, and was designed to produce fast programmers. It's an important distinction.

The rationale was that computers are cheap and people (especially good people) are expensive. It's cheaper to put beefier hardware onto your app that you deployed in 6 months that it would be to use cheaper hardware and deploy in 18 months.

I tend to tell people this story and add on that I really like Objective-C, because it's almost as fast as C and almost as flexible as perl. I can develop very fast in objective-c, but I can do it even faster in perl.

And at the end of the day, that is all that really should matter. Scripting or compiled or byte code or whatever - who cares? Make the programmers faster and everything else works out. Perl's real good at that.


In reply to Re^2: Let's face it, Perl *is* a scripting language by jimt
in thread Let's face it, Perl *is* a scripting language by Ovid

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