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So when people tell me that Perl is just a scripting language, I think I'm going to reply "you're talking about Perl 4, something that stop being maintained over a decade ago. Tell your programmers to stop writing Perl 4."

That's not a bad response. I tend to prefer "so the hell what?"

The only thing that really matters to management is "can it do the job?" When a PHB objects to a plan on the basis of "Perl is a scripting language", the best response in my experience is "Perl can do the job just as well as {alternative}, but I can get us there faster and cheaper with Perl". If you make that argument (and are prepared to back it up), any marginally competent manager will drop the whole "scripting language" angle.

In short, the best way to handle this objection to Perl is to point out that the distinction between "scripting language" and "programming language" is incredibly unimportant. What matters is what you can do with it.

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

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