[Wellington-pm] How much perl is out there?
enkidu at cliffp.com
Sun May 30 14:28:53 PDT 2010
On 30/05/10 13:30, Daniel Pittman wrote:
> Dale DuRose<dale.durose at gmail.com> writes:
>> On 30/05/2010 10:44 a.m., Cliff Pratt wrote:
>>> On 29/05/10 19:44, dale.durose wrote:
>>>> I have a question is perl still being used commonly in the new
>>>> zealand IT industry? I know in the past it was used for most web
>>>> applications. So i imagine its holding strong with the system
>>>> administrators out there?
>>> I'd be surprised if it were "used for most web applications". Something like
>>> PHP would be more likely used for that.
>>> We use it mostly for sysadmin stuff.
>> About 10 years ago it was used for most web applications. Maybe even longer
>> than 10.
> Heh. History. You tell the kids today that Perl once had the reputation that
> PHP has, that it was used for all those awful throw-away one-shot CGI things
> that were the bane of security administrators lives, and they don't believe
Cheeky sod! My first Web Server was downloaded from NCSA. It came with
one or two shell scripts to demonstrate CGI, but, so far as I can
remember, no Perl.
> Back then we had to hand-code our requests out of CGI.pm, too, and it was
> up-hill both ways.
Well, originally (and it is still the case) CGI programs read Standard
Input and wrote to Standard Output. Arguably Perl CGI.pm obscures much
of the detail.
> Seriously: Perl was, once, the king of CGI. These days? Big in a whole bunch
> of places, mostly by virtue of graduating from a "cool" language to a serious
> It joins FORTRAN, COBOL, C, C++, and other luminaries that are no longer the
> cool way to do exciting new things, but which get plenty of real work done.
No doubt. I still use Perl CGI on a daily basis.
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