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OK, maybe it's not exactly seven, but I needed a catchy title for this advocacy about Perl that I want to share with the community. Not that I would refrain from appropriate critizism now and then.

Why should you use Perl?

  • it's compact
  • it's got powerful regular expressions
  • it's compatible (you can still use Perl 4 code vice versa)
  • it's sophisticated and helps clarify my thoughts
  • it's flexible and more open-minded than certain perlmonks
  • it's already loads of readymade code (beginners can use script archives as a first step to it)

I don't have to talk about its disadvantages here. As Perl's becoming less popular, webspace with real perl interpreter can be quite costly. I'm not talking about readymade CGI collection here.

Anyway, I hope Perl 6 will not be too complex. Now Perl has all its advantages, it's quite comprehensive. Make it too complex and the people will turn to other languages. Maybe we need even simplify Perl. But then it's losing its flexibility instead.


What is your favorite reason for Perl?

Where do you want to go <s>toady</s> today?

Update: updated this node

In reply to Seven good reasons for Perl by Wassercrat

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