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Re^2: "There are some stunningly novel ideas in Perl" -- Paul Graham

by danderson (Beadle)
on Jun 18, 2004 at 21:16 UTC ( #368070=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: "There are some stunningly novel ideas in Perl" -- Paul Graham
in thread "There are some stunningly novel ideas in Perl" -- Paul Graham

As many people have pointed out, the languages that are described as unfit for business use aren't always. In particular, just as I've written ten-line perl scripts to do what would have taken 40 lines of (unreadable) C, I've written 10-line Prolog programs that did what would have taken 100 lines of Perl. And yes, I get paid. You said that it's good for AI - well, it's good for lots of other things. I haven't had the chance to code them myself, sadly, but what do you think phone switch controllers are written and debugged in these days? You betcha - Prolog (at least, according to my prof who was teaching us Prolog at the time). And their codebases are HUGE.

Just my dime/5.
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Re^3: "There are some stunningly novel ideas in Perl" -- Paul Graham
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Jun 18, 2004 at 21:24 UTC

    I work for a telco. Our switch code is programmed in Pascal (at least in the countrys i work for/with pretty much anyway). Or was at one point anyway.

    Anyway, I agree with your point overall. (to be honest im replying without seeing which node youre replying to as i have a feeling i made an ass out of myself. part of growing up, but still... :-)


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