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  • Java Zealots (Score:3, Interesting)

    by Matts (1087) on 2002.01.18 5:04 (#3346) Journal
    I went through the exact same thing with Elliot Harold, author of XML in a Nutshell. He's a big-wig Java author (author of Java I/O, and some other stuff), and takes every opportunity to dig at Perl.

    The sad thing is the same people who take digs at Perl for not being a real language state quite emphatically that Python is a real language. Yet the differences between the two are small once you dig deeper than syntax.
  • Sometimes I really get tired of this kind of sentences,
    I can't count the number of time I heard some co-workers or (now ex ;-)friends tell things like that...
    I tried to go into systematic advocacy :
    • JAVA is a REAL language, Perl is a "Script" language.
      Define what is a script language ?
      And prepare to have a lot of fun if they venture to the path : JAVA is compiled,
      JAVA use a system independant virtual machine (Replies=>same as opcode,more platforms available)
    • JAVA is a safer language thanks to typ
  • He also seems to say that Perl is only for CGI scripts.

    A couple of years ago someone wrote an article comparing Java servlets to Perl CGIs, and talked about the language differences and the performance differences together, as if you can't have Perl servlets. It's either ignorance or slander, and neither is acceptable.
  • ...but there was a similar discussion [] at the Monastery recently, mostly centering around algebraic definition.

    Is that what people mean when they say that perl isn't really a programming language? Because it seems like explaining that we don't quite understand how electricity works, either. So what?

    Sometimes when people feel inferior (say, because they watched another programming language beat the pants off of their favorite in something) they need to compensate. I couldn't care less; I'm learning mor


    You are what you think.
  • Back in November, I was working in a small development group in which I was working on a Perl/CGI/DBI system and another person was doing another system with Tomcat/JSP type stuff.

    That Java developer was a biologist by training & experience, who had just started out on programming a year or two ago. She felt pretty strongly that for web programming, Java was unquestionably superior to Perl because, like your quote says, Java can do servlets while CGI scripts can't & are thus Perl is slower. It was