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Re: What was the bait (project, problem or opportunity) that hooked you on Perl?

by igelkott (Priest)
on Apr 25, 2009 at 09:53 UTC ( #759973=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What was the bait (project, problem or opportunity) that hooked you on Perl?

In 1994, I had some scientific (computational chemistry) data to process. The lab didn't have a C compiler and the problem was a bit too complex for sed/awk/sh. Remembered Perl from a couple years earlier and was now desperate enough to actually try it. Worked like a charm (obviously).

Soon wrote a web-based DB for the departmental library from scratch ... then discovered the magic of modules like DBI when I couldn't maintain my own spaghetti-code just a year later. After CPAN, I was fully converted and started using Perl for nearly everything possible.

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