Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 11th May 2010 23:17 UTC, submitted by PLan
General Development "Lately, the Perl language has had less buzz surrounding it than many other languages and development environments, but Perl is still a key component on the Internet. For this guest post, we asked Jeff Hobbs, Director of Engineering at ActiveState, to weigh in on the topic."
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RE[3]: don't really agree
by antwarrior on Thu 13th May 2010 14:30 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: don't really agree"
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Perl offers some of the most obscure,obfuscated, beautiful and baffling ways to to write a quick script but I'll be darned if if I knew what I wrote a week from now.


I remember( a long time ago) with four lines of code and between 12 and 20 characters I could change to a high resolution setting for my monitor but it was in assembly. You don't see me advocating it because it's brevity.

Python and Ruby are fair comparisons because a skilled programmer in these languages can produce code just as quickly as a skilled Perl programmer but guess whose program you'll be most likely to understand first time.
Perl just doesn't lend itself to clarity for the short quick script.

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