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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by jordan (120) on 2004.01.15 13:19 (#27430) Homepage Journal
    I'm not much of a shell programmer, not much of a Perl programmer for that matter, but this seems counter to my experience.

    Whenever I write shell scripts, I always miss the ease of manipulating filenames and dates and times that I get in Perl. While I can see how you can save a few keystrokes performing some tasks in shell over Perl, like copying files and the like, I don't see any big wins in brevity with shell over Perl.

    Also, I believe, although I've not actually checked, that Perl startup is not that much worse than awk or sed. There are some small number of awk or sed startups that are larger than a single Perl startup.

    Some things lend themselves to shell scripts, sure, but in my admittedly limited experience, not many.