[Chicago-talk] Good Post on PerlMonks

Jim Thomason jthomasoniii at yahoo.com
Fri Apr 9 09:18:57 CDT 2004

> Interesting that noone pointed out Perl is a
> compiled
> language -- just like C, C++, and Java. Problem is
> that
> most people have no idea what a compiler does.

Yeah, well, it's a marketing issue. It doesn't matter
that perl is compiled to bytecode before execution,
because it's always compiled to bytecode before
execution. The bytecode interpreter is being worked
on, isn't it?

perlcc doesn't count.

All the rest of the world's gonna see is that 
1) you have perl source and then
2) you run that source.

Just screams of being an interpreted language.

But I've said for years that Java is basically just
perl with better marketing. Perl's just as compiled,
can be just as fast, and is more cross platform than
java could ever hope to be.

No one ever listens, though.


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