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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by Matts (1087) on 2005.06.26 11:58 (#41430) Journal
    The reason why perl was so successful was the speed with which you could build things in comparison to the alternatives at the time: It was more structured than shell scripting/awk/sed and much easier to use than C.

    Unfortunately it's almost as fast to build things in Java and .NET, and those languages have all the corporate backing.

    It's a shame they're no fun. We have a guy at work who is a long-time perl programmer who desperately wanted to get into .NET (for job prospects that's probably a good idea). Every now and then he lets us know that he secretly yearns for Perl because it's so much more fun. I wish we could market that fun as a language benefit.