[sf-perl] Perl search engine

Paul Makepeace Paul.Makepeace at realprogrammers.com
Wed Jul 21 20:14:13 PDT 2010

On Wed, Jul 21, 2010 at 16:12, Joe Brenner <doom at kzsu.stanford.edu> wrote:
> Paul Makepeace <Paul.Makepeace at realprogrammers.com> wrote:
>> Not to get into a language war but there are some really excellent
>> reasons not to use perl for large organizations like that. Python, all
>> things considered, is a pretty good choice, IMO.
> Well, not an obviously dumb one, at any rate.
> Coding standards, with perltidy and perlcritic in the tool chain can do
> a lot to cover the problem with coordinating armies of programmers.
> If you're referring to, say, the lack of standardization in general
> in the perl universe, you probably have a point (it's great to be able
> to pull all sorts of things off of CPAN, it's not so great that you
> can't know without looking how, say, objects were implemented, or how
> error handling was done, and so on...).

It comes down to complexity - perl is just waaay more complicated than
python. Assuming you have to spin up a developer on one scripting
language (and one because you want standardization of languages), you
want the one that'll take the least amount of time and still be able
to tackle a wide problem domain. For all the heat about syntax etc
perl & python _basically_ do the same thing. Python's ability to
interface with C blows perl out of the water too.

Where perl really shines, apart from CPAN, is the command line, but
it's reasonably straightforward to learn enough to do useful stuff


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