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  • Because perl is interpreted, as opposed to compiled, the development time is cut down as the compliation step is non-existent. (Do note, of course, that perl can be compiled to native executables to speed things up once scripts are debugged completely).
  • The perl code will remain portable across platforms if that so happens to the case. You'd have to recompile C scripts and account for any vendor differences with C.
  • Perl's much less prone to 'buffer overflow errors' compared to C, given that you don't have direct access to memory. You still need to run with strict, -w, and -T, but a lot of security headaches can be removed in this aspect.

Update: as pointed out to me, perlcc'ing a perl script does not gain any benefits during runtime compared to intepreting that script, so the second comment on the first point is null & void. However, the fact that avoiding the compilation step to just test and debug code is a definite benefit.

Dr. Michael K. Neylon - || "You've left the lens cap of your mind on again, Pinky" - The Brain

In reply to Re: Why Use Perl? by Masem
in thread Why Use Perl? by Gremlin

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