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Re: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex

by matthewsnape (Acolyte)
on Jul 23, 2006 at 12:22 UTC ( #563102=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex

I think that the whole "is perl dyeing" debate tends to over complicate the issue. It assumes that people even make a coherent decision as to what framework or language they use. I have spent years coding perl to create web applications. The reason I decided on Perl in the begininng was because it was a scripting language supported on the free netfirms hosting package. Since then PHP has taken over as the easiest most available scripting language. My point is that we tend to over emphasize the importance of high end coding. I continued with Perl because it was so acessibile to people with little coding experience. You could create inrteresting stuff by using a handfull of modules. The quality of the source was low, but you could still get results. In recent years Perl has become less useful to people like me. Things like Class::DBI, CGI::Application and mason are great, but out of the reach of most people who dont have there own server. Look at godaddy (largest shared hosting provider in North America), most of CPAN is out of reach to these users. Just to difficult to install. Perl may run on any OS, but it is inaccesible to many users. The Perl community has always prided itself for being compatible on any os. But Perl does have an accessibility problem for new users on limited systems.
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Re^2: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex
by wfsp (Abbot) on Jul 23, 2006 at 12:38 UTC
      But is it easy for an inexperienced user to do? I believe that CPAN offers a huge benefit to inexperienced programmers. But expecting them to install the modules themselves and adjust their code to use those libraries may be to great a hurdle. CPAN is cool precisely because you dont have to install modules yourself or adjust your code. New users of language are fickle and to many "Internal Server" errors can really put them off.

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