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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • practicality (Score:2, Interesting)

    by mary.poppins (3530) on 2003.10.23 8:35 (#25090) Homepage Journal
    I think the reason perl is so useful is that it came not from academia but from "real life." It solves problems that people actually have. An interesting counter-example is ocaml, which is IMO a fantastic application programming language and compiler (static typing, polymorphism, type inference, and native code generation). The maintainers, however, are French academics, who can't be bothered to do things like set up CPAN, implement a good standard library, generate helpful compiler error messages, etc.. So ocaml is great for writing compilers, theorem provers, and so on -- but is not a replacement for perl.