SPUG: Is Perl for .NET on anyone's radar?

JD Brennan jazzdev at gmail.com
Wed Aug 23 17:25:48 PDT 2006

Is there a JScript.net? or JavaScript.net?  Translating
Perl to JavaScript should be fairly straight-forward and
then I could run Perl scripts in the JVM with Rhino or
in the CLR (if there's a JavaScript for .NET)


On 8/23/06, JD Brennan <jazzdev at gmail.com> wrote:
> Yes, there a number of languages you can use that
> will run in a JVM.   Jython, J/Ruby, Rhino (JavaScript),
> and JScheme are just the ones I know a bit about.
> I'm not sure that Sun did anything to encourage this
> besides publishing the spec for the JVM.  But that's
> getting off topic for this list.
> I can think of 3 ways to approach this problem:
> 1) Write a Perl interpreter in C#
> 2) Write a translator from Perl to C#
> 3) Write a translator (compiler) from Perl to CLR byte codes
> 2 might be interesting since you could write it in Perl.
> Jython and JScheme use approach 1.  JScheme also
> does 3.  And, of course, if you do 2 you get a way to
> do 3 also, though it'll have the performance and
> debugging drawbacks that the old C-front version of C++
> had back in the day.
> JD
> On 8/23/06, David S. Patterson <david.s.patterson at usa.net> wrote:
> >
> > I imagine writing a language translation layer for perl on top of JVM
> > would be a major, major project.  I'm sure a worthy one, but since I don't
> > program in Java I'll just have to let it go by.  By the way, has this been
> > done for any other language?  I think the java people may feel like that
> > since they're already giving you platform independance, if you want to use
> > the JVM just use it via Java.
> >
> > But I do an awful lot of work in C# on the .NET platform, yet I still
> > miss the convenience of the perl syntax and language constructs.
> >
> > Also I'm impressed with the facilities and even coaching MS has provided
> > for those that want to instantiate a new language binding on top of the
> > CLI.  That's why, I'm sure, the Python people were able to succeed.
> >
> > Most recently, the Monad group has made progress and has released
> > Windows Power Shell
> > http://www.microsoft.com/technet/scriptcenter/hubs/msh.mspx  which is a
> > new way of lashing together .NET CLR objects to do useful work using this
> > new shell scripting language.
> >
> > But for me, I'm more interested in perl as a programming language,
> > because it is so expressive (you get a lot of bang for each line of code you
> > write) and it is precisely this linking and pipelining behavior that seems
> > like would be a good fit on top of the .NET API.
> >
> > Just my three cents...
> >
> >
> >
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