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Re^4: Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018

by Crosis (Beadle)
on Apr 13, 2018 at 00:17 UTC ( #1212766=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018
in thread Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018

Perl should have definitely trounced PHP. Oh well.

I have more respect for R but it still does things like polluting the global namespace with historical datasets and requiring third-party add-ons to have actual hash tables. Its greatest strength is having all these libraries that minimize contact with the terrible underlying language.

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Re^5: Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018
by RonW (Parson) on Apr 16, 2018 at 22:53 UTC
    Perl should have definitely trounced PHP. Oh well.

    From what I recall reading, years ago, it was because Perl trounced PHP that PHP took over the web.

    What I recall was that server operators were supposedly dealing with more problems caused by novice Perl programmers than by problems caused by PHP programmers. This lead them to decide that PHP's limitations were a benefit, not a liability. This then caused hosting providers to limit access to Perl by charging extra for it, or even just not allowing it's use.

      What a terrible outcome. I wonder if people involved regret it.

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