[Melbourne-pm] beginner at Perl trying to learn it
peter at machell.net
Tue Aug 19 05:30:05 PDT 2008
On 19/08/2008, at 5:54 PM, John Thornton wrote:
> If anyone has any thoughts or suggestions on any of this I
> would be pleased to hear them. But bear in mind that I am not a
> person. I try to be one and succeed as often as I fail.
Hi John. I don't grok what your desired outcome is.
Perl is an extremely powerful language and is really the best "Swiss
Army Knife" of software available.
Having said that like you I am not a programmer. Whenever I go back to
Perl I have to spend quite a bit of learning time, because I don't
work with it much - maybe once a month.
So I now find myself doing most programming and scripting work in
Python. Its focus is on there being one "correct" way to do anything.
This is very different and not as powerful as Perl, but much easier
for us non programmers to work with occasionally.
So by all means learn and work with Perl if your objective is to
become a programmer professionally, but if you just want a tool to do
the odd quick scripting or programming job, I'd recommend Python.
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