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Re: Introduction

From: Greg Stein <gstein_at_lyra.org>
Date: 2001-03-03 09:39:01 CET

On Sat, Mar 03, 2001 at 12:07:22AM -0500, Matthew O. Persico wrote:
> Really? Give me five minutes. Read on...
> [ ... Perl used successfully in an environment ... ]

Um. So what? Great... it worked in your problem space. I can name any number
of other times that it worked. And the point would be... ??

"Big transactions" "lots of money changing hands" "much input" Feh. Any
language can do any job. Just becuase it works it a case doesn't mean that
it works in all cases.

Your defensiveness of the language is not required. Every response that I've
seen has recognized Perl as a "force", although people dislike it
personally. Those people will recognize that it has utility. Case studies in
its success are not required. Even if every response was that people hate
it, it still does not discount that it was useful in certain environments.

Personally, I think Perl is great for short text transform applications.
Once you need data structures, though, it really breaks down, and I'll
absolutely recommend Python. For myself, I know Python and its libraries
well enough to do text transforms efficiently and effectively in Python. I
don't expect that of others, so Perl is typically recommended.


Greg Stein, http://www.lyra.org/
Received on Sat Oct 21 14:36:25 2006

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