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."
Thread beginning with comment 423923
To read all comments associated with this story, please click here.
Two main reasons AFAIK
by izomiac on Wed 12th May 2010 03:25 UTC
izomiac
Member since:
2006-07-26

I see two primary reasons perl will be around for a long time. First, you can do a ridiculous amount of work with a very short (single line even) script. Why spend time writing a nice, readable, reusable script/program when you can solve your problem with a quick one-off perl script?

Second, perl is kind of an anything goes language. This makes it an easy second+ language to learn and it's capable enough to solve most problems. Plus, you can use the best programming strategy for the job to save time.

Reply Score: 2

RE: Two main reasons AFAIK
by flanque on Wed 12th May 2010 11:32 in reply to "Two main reasons AFAIK"
flanque Member since:
2005-12-15

Agreed. The reasons I see Perl as not going anywhere are: it's easy, it's quick to knock something up and it's extensible via places like cpan.

Reply Parent Score: 2

RE: Two main reasons AFAIK
by google_ninja on Wed 12th May 2010 12:29 in reply to "Two main reasons AFAIK"
google_ninja Member since:
2006-02-05

those two things could also be said of ruby or python...

Reply Parent Score: 4

RE: Two main reasons AFAIK
by Soulbender on Thu 13th May 2010 04:05 in reply to "Two main reasons AFAIK"
Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

Why spend time writing a nice, readable, reusable script/program when you can solve your problem with a quick one-off perl script?


Yes, why be a professional when you can be a hack?

Reply Parent Score: 2