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Re^9: Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018

by Your Mother (Bishop)
on Apr 14, 2018 at 06:36 UTC ( #1212852=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^8: Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018
in thread Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018

"Private" methods, for example, are just marked with _ or __ in front as a mere suggestion…

That's actually a "borrow word." :P

You're quite right, nearly no one is enthusiastic about Java. Perl has "won" happiest users surveys and non-scientific google mining a couple of times.

…as a medium of expression, you could do a lot better. Of all the great programmers I can think of, I know of only one who would voluntarily program in Java. And of all the great programmers I can think of who don't work for Sun, on Java, I know of zero.Great Hackers

Plenty more gems in that including props for Perl and Python.

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Re^10: Curious about Perl's strengths in 2018
by Crosis (Beadle) on Apr 15, 2018 at 10:11 UTC

    For systems programming purposes, if C or C++ can be avoided and no other JVM language were available or anything like that, I would use Java without many reservations. C is relatively tedious. C++ has a Byzantine standard. Java is at least GC'd, which can be tolerated in some situations (though I suspect much of the sluggishness of Android with respect to iPrison platforms is due to the use of Java rather than Objective-C, which appears to be a much saner "C with objects" than C++ from what I know). Plus Java 8 did a lot to undo the excessive verbosity of previous iterations of the language.

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