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Re^3: [RFC] What is [pP]erl to you, and how has this changed for you over the years (if it has)?

by talexb (Canon)
on Apr 05, 2021 at 21:36 UTC ( #11130861=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: [RFC] What is [pP]erl to you, and how has this changed for you over the years (if it has)?
in thread [RFC] What is [pP]erl to you, and how has this changed for you over the years (if it has)?

    "The Perl programming language" is positively tiny ..

Huh. My copy of Programming Perl, Fourth Edition (Christiansen, foy & Wall, O'Reilly Media, Inc., February 2012) tops out at 1,130 pages and weighs 1.7 kilos. If that's what you consider a 'tiny' language, your scale may need .. re-calibration. ;)

Alex / talexb / Toronto

Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.

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Re^4: [RFC] What is [pP]erl to you, and how has this changed for you over the years (if it has)?
by Anonymous Monk on Apr 06, 2021 at 15:13 UTC
    The interpreter is tiny and fast Ė the language ecosystem is huge. There's more than one way to do anything, and it's probably already been done for you better than you could do it yourself. Contrast this with PHP, where there's only one way and release N+1 does it differently.

      And that's another vote for Perl .. the community tries really, really hard not to break existing code. Scripts or modules that are twenty years old still run fine on recent Perls. That's very important from a risk management point of view.

      Alex / talexb / Toronto

      Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.

      Iíll take Grossly Generalized Misunderstandings for $600, Alex.

      PHP is littered with redundant, overlapping, barely differing, keywords. Itís the poster-child for TIMTOWTDI taken to developmentally disabled extremes.

      The interpreter is tiny and fast

      lol

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