perl used in large developments - I need help
simon at unisolve.com.au
Wed Mar 19 17:50:08 CST 2003
Hello fellow perl mongers,
Our company has had a very interesting challenge given to us today.
We have been involved in tendering for a project to rewrite a large US ERP
application (currently written in FORTRAN and using c-isam data files).
We lost the tender in January to a company that has since recommended java (or
c#) as the language of choice, and has also recommended rewriting the
application from scratch.
Our competing tender was based naturally, on perl, and on rewriting the
The winning tenderer's solution has now been dismissed as too expensive and we
are being asked to show why our solution should now be chosen. There are no
others tenderers involved. (If we win the project, we would do only a portion
of the coding ourselves, other firms would be involved, and would be using
perl because our design mandates it).
All the application-specific arguments aside, it is coming down to:
* Why on earth are you recommending perl?
* Nobody knows perl,
* Everybody develops large scale apps in java, etc, etc.
* perl's too slow isn't it?
* who supports perl
What I desperately need now is pointers to good quality descriptions of larger
applications developed in perl.
I have good examples in Fastmail.fm and Radiator, but I'm also keen to be able
to table other applications, the larger the better. We know that lots of
organisations around the world "use perl" in powerful ways, but the same sites
"use electricity" as well, and just as with electricity, their uses of perl
are transparent to the outside world, and hard to identify.
This is an 800,000 line application used by Fortune 500 companies in the US,
it would be quite a win for the perl development community.
Unisolve Pty Ltd - Melbourne, Australia
+61 3 9568 2005
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