Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 21st Dec 2007 21:28 UTC, submitted by Juerd
General Development "Today the Perl Foundation announces the release of Perl 5.10, the first major upgrade to the wildly popular dynamic programming language in over five years. This latest version builds on the successful 5.8.x series by adding powerful new language features and improving the Perl interpreter itself. The Perl development team, called the the Perl Porters, have taken features and inspiration from the ambitious Perl 6 project, as well as from chiefly academic languages and blended them with Perl's pragmatic view to practicality and usefulness."
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RE[3]: Gosh!!!
by Meridian on Sun 23rd Dec 2007 00:56 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Gosh!!!"
Meridian
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2007-12-18

"Perl is also used extensively in the Finance industry"

I have some personal experience with that unfortunately. The use of Perl in production environments has led to some painful issues, mainly due to its tendency to become obfuscated and incomprehensible, which is the last thing you want when the crap hits the fan several minutes before market-open and even guy who originally wrote the script struggles to understand it.

I've found that the environment tends to be more supportable with simple shell scripts and occasionally Python for the more complex stuff, especially when we are under pressure to rapidly diagnose and address an immediate production issue.

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