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Re: Perl is dead

by Aim9b (Monk)
on Oct 25, 2007 at 12:07 UTC ( #647150=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl is dead

So, perhaps a related question could supply either some validity to the premis, or at least some additional considerations as to the conclusion. "Why, when, & for What- do you prefer perl over language X?".

Personaly, I enjoy the "downward" scalability of perl as much or more than any other feature. When is the last time you needed a simple conversion program and didn't want to bother with the whole .NET framework or the MS Foundation Class, etc. What's the last BATCH file you scrapped because it fell just short of the required capabilities? Yes, I know these are more Win issues than *NIX, but maybe perl is not dead, but morphing... into an OS independent utility language, rather than a full-scale major project developement language.

Give me a user suported fast, functional tool ANYDAY, over a GATES-ified behemoth that is only half-fast at best. These are just the things that attracted me to perl in the first place, lets exploit them. Does the world really need an OO capable scripting language? I'd suggest that better marketing may prove more benificial that additional features. Juat a thought..... Thanks.

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Re^2: Perl is dead
by dsheroh (Monsignor) on Oct 25, 2007 at 15:36 UTC
    Erm... Morphing? Hasn't Perl been "an OS independent utility language" pretty much from the start?
      OK Perhaps morphing was a poor choice. I don't know how long it's been available on Windows, but there are still a few places that it doesn't run. So I really meant more of "Broadening it's scope" type of change.

      Also, It looks like perl is gaining features, faster than it's gaining additional platforms. Not that I thnk this is right or wrong, but there's just something about an "object oriented 'glue' language" that sounds oxymoron-ish. Make no mistake, I love all the features, but if we're debating whether perl is dead (or dying), perhaps the "cure" is to get it running more places.

      One of my dream projects when (if) I retire, and the main reason I hang out here at the Monastery, is to someday have enough smarts to port perl to a new platform. There's a chance it will get there ahead of me, but the training I gain in the meantime is invaluable.

      So, thats what I meant, sorry about the confusion....and the rambling. As of todate, my prose is more proficient than my perl. ;-) Aim9b.

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