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What do you use perl for?

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Web development
  15% 230 votes
System administration
  11% 162 votes
End-user application development
  3% 49 votes
  3% 45 votes
Data processing
  8% 121 votes
More than one of the above
  54% 789 votes
Something else
  4% 59 votes
1457 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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  • Perl is what makes my job possible. I work as a developer supporting a system using several different languages, and the only one that plays well with the rest is Perl. I use Perl for:

    • Unit Testing - I use Perl to wrap around C, C++, and even COBOL to make unit testing possible in this environment. A simple GUI helps the less Perl proficient test.
    • System Monitoring - Creating daemons to monitor the systems processing is much easier in Perl than C. It pages. It sends emails. It generates HTML. It kee
  • ..except bioinformatics
  • Since "all of the above" seems to be the predominant answer (and not a very useful one at that), maybe the question needs to be revised to something like "What do you usually use Perl for?" If the answer were still "all of the above" for a lot of peoplem, then I guess we're just all hopelessly polyglots :-)


  • Web development primarily, but definitely for fun too. Perl Golf! []
  • Everything I can automate, I'll do in Perl:
    • Web programming
    • System administration
    • End user (GUI) applications
    • and so on, and so on...

  • That would probably be the better question.
  • If I had my choice, I would pretty much use it for all programming. Oh, there's still some tasks here and there where there's a better tool for the job. But most of what I do is best expressed in Perl, or if it's better expressed in another language, it's best driven with Perl as the wrapper and glue.

    BTW, where was "glue" in that poll?

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
  • I never see anyone talking about Perl being used by SEs. What’s the deal with that? Where I work we use for everything from performing stress tests to network packet interpretation to generateing reports.
  • I've heard plenty of people use Acme::Pr0n to autogech Pr0n on a daily basis, any truth to that?
  • ...Math Homework!
  • It's surprisingly easy to do.
  • Text is nothing without sentences. Sentences, nothing without syntax. Syntax nothing without words, words nothing without letters and, none of them was a thing without having Perl to process them.

    Nice... I am inspired!

  • I was hired in a communication company for developping a large internet game. They gave me 3 weeks to do the job. Thanks to perl I was done in 3 days. Gave me time to go to the beach! I love perl!
  • I use Perl to implement a small special-purpose language with a single application. It takes a template (written in said ugly little language) and produces C code from it which is compiled as part of this project's regular build process.

    What do I win?

  • I'm usin' Perl in conjunction with AWK []. It really helps me a lot in my work which is modelling earthquakes.I usually process large chunks of data (eg. Digital Elevation Models like SRTM []).

    With Perl+AWK classifying data sets, changing their properties and look, marging different data types are very easy and it is very quick.

    Maybe u don't recognize'em yet but there are a lot of earth scientists using Perl in their work, believe me ...

  • Perl is my pair of gloves that I wear when I need my lazy work done simple and fast!

    As any tool it is an extension of myself that inherits most of my human habits.