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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I was recently involved [] in helping a company choose a language for desktop application development. The contenders were Java (buzzword compliance), Perl (developer knowledge), and Python (somewhat less developer knowledge). The management originally liked Java because it had mindshare, while Python was unknown and Perl was considered a toy. It was ruled out due to VM issues, Microsoft's antics to countermand Sun, performance, and deployment issues. Python was chosen because it has much better documentation for wxWindows (the chosen GUI toolkit), a better debugger (closer to Smalltalk's than the Perl debugger), and shipped with tools to compile to a Windows executable very easily.

    If it weren't for the lack of wxPerl documentation and the presence and ease of py2exe, I think Perl would have had the edge.

    I'd like to see Ovid [] do a nice writeup of his experiences with L'ane []. It sounds like that may fit -- rapid development, free software, maintainability and testing.