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Re: Arguments needed for comparision between Perl, ASP and Javaby Art_XIV (Hermit)
|on Nov 10, 2003 at 16:51 UTC||Need Help??|
Having worked w/Perl, Java/JSP, and ASP/ASP.NET, I can sincerely state the following - Java and/or ASP are better because Sun/IBM/Microsoft have multi-million dollar marketing budgets that say they're better.
It's not unusual for developers to be passionate about languages and prejudiced in favor of or against various languages. I guess this is a side-effect of so many developers being INTJs. ;)
Bold generalizations follow, but I try to make them with an open mind and sense of fairness:
The performance, quality, and maintainablity of any application is going to spring much more from the skill, talent, dedication and self-discipline of the developer(s) and the amount of quality design time that is put in than it will from the language/platform choice. Developers can produce something beautiful with Perl, Java, or .NET. They can also produce slow-running, unmaintainable crap with any of the three.
When someone asks me 'Why do you use Perl? Java or ASP is much better.', I ask them 'How did you come to that conclusion? Have you used both Perl and <language/platform x>?'
80 percent of the time the response is "No", possibly with some baloney about how CGI has to spawn a new process or "Perl is too hard to understand" or "Perl looks like line noise" or some hooey along the same lines.
Have no doubt that I like Perl, and I like it alot. Putting more tangible qualities aside, writing Perl is a lot more fun than writing Java or .NET. And fun matters when you spend all day coding. Perl values my time more. Perl doesn't make me sweat over the mundane. Perl is easy to learn yet difficult to master. Perl helps make the journey as enjoyable as the destination.
Hanlon's Razor - "Never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity"