in reply to Perl fan being tempted with Python

I write in Perl because I can get what I need to do done faster and better than in any other language I have used or been exposed to. In essence, the stuff I do for a living could be construed as a poster boy for when to use Perl. So, I have no reason to use any other language.

That said, if you can do what you need to do faster and better in <insert language here>, then use it! I use Perl, but that shouldn't sway you one way or the other. You use the right tool for the job.

Real-world analogy: I recently put up a fence. I ended up using 5 different tools, just for one project. I think there's a lesson to be learned there.


  • In general, if you think something isn't in Perl, try it out, because it usually is. :-)
  • "What is the sound of Perl? Is it not the sound of a wall that people have stopped banging their heads against?"

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Re^2: Perl fan being tempted with Python
by merlyn (Sage) on Jun 16, 2005 at 22:48 UTC
    I recently put up a fence. I ended up using 5 different tools, just for one project. I think there's a lesson to be learned there.
    That it's really hard to put up a fence? {grin}

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker
    Be sure to read my standard disclaimer if this is a reply.

      No, it's easy to put up a fence. What's hard is having the fence stay up.