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Re: Re: perl shell utility scrips

by spartan (Pilgrim)
on Aug 30, 2001 at 18:39 UTC ( #109094=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: perl shell utility scrips
in thread perl shell utility scrips

While I do agree with virtualsue, I have a dissenting opinion. I am very new to perl, and programming itself. I can write shell scripts, but they tend to be limited. So I started writing my shell scripts in perl. It has taught me alot! The one most important thing I got out of it was this: I overcame my fear of perl, and it's structure, syntax, etc... I am making myself more comfortable with it each day I use it, and when I need the more advanced functions, I search on perlmonks and try to implement what I've seen. It's tough for me because the last time I wrote programs was about 14 years ago in high school, and that was in basic, and pascal on a TRS-80 (I loved my model 4). So while I agree that dfg2's script would best be written in #!/bin/ksh it might not be the best way to get into perl for a person just (re)starting programming.
-spartan

Very funny Scotty... Now PLEASE beam down my PANTS!

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Re: Re: Re: perl shell utility scrips
by virtualsue (Vicar) on Aug 31, 2001 at 13:00 UTC
    I am all for writing Perl programs - I do it myself all the time. It's just that the sequence of tasks in question is a perfect example of something that can be done quickly & simply in shell, and not so easily in Perl. I'm not saying you're wrong, because you're not. It's easier to learn a language if you have a motivation, something that you need to accomplish. But in this case I think he'd be struggling with it days after starting, when he'd have a tool he could use that would make his life easier in a few minutes using the shell language of his choice.
      I couldn't agree more.
      -spartan

      Very funny Scotty... Now PLEASE beam down my PANTS!

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