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Re^2: Perl for big projects

by graff (Chancellor)
on Jul 11, 2006 at 05:41 UTC ( #560318=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Perl for big projects
in thread Perl for big projects

... I would be unlikly to use Perl for a really large application ...

Actually, it is getting to the point now that rather few applications written in Perl need to be "really large", in terms of what the application developer needs to write from scratch.

I've created a number apps that are actually fairly small in terms of what I personally have written, but they do "really large" things that I couldn't dream of being able to do without the core and CPAN modules. I'm sure that if I joined all the modules for an app into a single set of source code, it would be a pretty large amount of code.

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Re^3: Perl for big projects
by GrandFather (Saint) on Jul 11, 2006 at 07:25 UTC

    Indeed. And that thought crossed my mind as I was writing my reply. However much the same is true of most other languages, and certinally is true of the popular languages. It is still the case however that if you need to write large amounts of code there is a win by using languages that cut down your freedom of expression through strict type checking and other such constrains as a price for better management of large projects.

    Unless you have been involved with a really large project that is large because it has to be (not because it is poorly written or poorly designed), it is hard to imagine the sorts of problems that arise and even harder to know how to manage them.

    DWIM is Perl's answer to Gödel

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