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Re: I want you to convince me to learn Perl

by kbrannen (Beadle)
on Sep 24, 2013 at 23:42 UTC ( #1055565=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to I want you to convince me to learn Perl

I'll agree with the others, if you already know C, sed, awk, then perl should be easy for you to pick up.

I've recently started looking at Python just to have a clue about it. One of the problems I've hit is the "new version". Some places support 3.0, some only 2.7, and a few only 2.6. "Places" maybe be installs or frameworks/libs or even an app you want to use or work on.

I can pretty much take any Perl program from the last 10 years and run it on a "modern version", like 5.14+. In fact I frequently run the same Perl code on 5.8, 5.10, and 5.14. The only issues I've found are sometimes the supporting modules on CPAN will change on me and then I have to either freeze the module with my program or upgrade my program. That doesn't happen very often considering how many wonderful modules are on CPAN. What I'm trying to say is that newer versions of Perl rarely break old code, they only add new features which means Perl programs can be "long lived".

If you choose Python, I don't think it would be a bad choice; however, I do think Perl would be the better choice. ;)

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[marto]: I had a feeling I'd regret looking up the definition of 'soyboy'
[Veltro]: usemodperl Maybe it is the way you talk? 'Soy boys', 'old ladies' and what is even a tgimer...
usemodperl is venting, duh?
[usemodperl]: that was a typos, dumbass
[marto]: usemodperl I guess that depends on what you mean by a safe space, since many people seem to have the impression a safe space allows them to do/say whatever they feel like, without question or critque
[marto]: 'typos'->'typo'
[usemodperl]: it's like you guys are retarded or something, no sense of humor? autism?
[usemodperl]: take things too literally, nothing is funny, everyhting must be perfect, or else, SCOLD SCOLD SCOLD, haha
[Veltro]: usemodperl I think you are offensive right now.
[marto]: people are very defnsive about their bad ideas behaviour' :P

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