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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.
    • 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 system (written in Perl), using a version control system (SVK - also written in Perl) and made fast because we use mod_perl.

      That's just what's on the live servers, we then have many servers in the office automatically resizing and optomizing photos and floorplans as well as managing the pdfs and XML which the CRM system provides to populate the website.