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

by LanX (Cardinal)
on Apr 13, 2018 at 00:33 UTC ( #1212767=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

It's no wonder academia prefers Python.

They respect well formatted code and clinical documentation, which gives the impression of an axiomatic system.

Novel style perldocs with insider jokes? Golf code in form of an ASCII camel?

Not their style.

Cheers Rolf
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Re^5: Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018
by Crosis (Beadle) on Apr 13, 2018 at 01:06 UTC

    Python has a number of insider jokes as well. I think it's simply because modest early advantages to using Python for certain purposes eventually snowballed into the juggernaut we see today.

      Early advantages? Could you cite some objective examples? Not packages or apps, but just plain Python versus plain Perl.

      PHP is a polished turd and it took the web from Perl. Winning is not necessarily an indication of a better underlying tool.

        Early advantages? Could you cite some objective examples? Not packages or apps, but just plain Python versus plain Perl.

        I primarily had packages in mind and more specifically numpy and scipy. IIRC as far as Python qua Python is concerned, one advantage was that it looks like pseudocode and so was presumably more appealing to individuals with existing scientific knowledge but none in programming.

        PHP is a polished turd and it took the web from Perl. Winning is not necessarily an indication of a better underlying tool.

        I agree. PHP is a revolting stain on the open source / free software community.

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