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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • When you compare perl to other languages, it has a much more security-aware in its main user-base and is designed to be secure as much as possible.

    Things like a wide variety of ready-rolled strong encryption libraries and integration with standard SSL and SSH libraries, as well as the taint mode put it well ahead of languages like PHP, ASP and Cold Fusions.

    The culture of testing and defensive programming is also stronger than in some other cultures - Java programmers are certainly hot on testing (at least there is a big overlap of Java and Test enthusiasts like Kent Beck), but not so much on defensive programming.

    c# and python are probably the only other mainstream languages to have such a strong culture of testing and defensive programming because they, like perl have been taking these ideas on board.


    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;