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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I understand that the Foxtons web site is built in Perl and is one of the most useful estate agents' web sites out there. I also understand that their developers have no problem adding complex new features quickly.

    Perhaps you could get her to mention that.
    • I also recently learned that if you go through almost any major airport in the world, that the flight information boards you see are using Perl to talk to the airports, and that Perl also is printing yout boarding passes.

      Hard to read = "Only if you don't comment your code and don't write documentation, but then only bad programmers don't comment or document their code" ... they probably don't write much in the way of comments.

      The job security thing is also a myth, anyone that thinks so deserves to be fired.
      • Perl also provides route briefings, and weather reports to pilots and airline operations centres through both a company I'm contracting for and the UK Met Office.

        So much for the old "perl isn't fit for mission critical software" - our briefing system meant that one of our customers was the only european airline able to get it's customers to their destination for a couple of days last christmas, all the others had their customers stranded at airports.
        --

        @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
        print reverse @JAPH;
    • Yea, they don't have any issues with how good the website is, which makes their response to what language we happen to use all the stranger.

      I guess you _could_ assume that the site just creaks along on badly written perl, without seeing the code you wouldn't know it's all Object Oriented, with thousands of tests, optimized caching (both on disk and using memcache), documented and reviewed by another developer before going live, all automatically deployed on multiple servers using an automated packaging syst