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Re^4: Is it still worth learning Perl as a first language?

by stevieb (Canon)
on Jun 13, 2018 at 19:54 UTC ( #1216585=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Is it still worth learning Perl as a first language?
in thread Is it still worth learning Perl as a first language?

Your response here is fine (++), but I have just one comment:

"Perl may not be the most efficient solution..."

Efficiency is a very relative term. Efficient compared to what? Runtime? Compiling? Deploying? Developing?

I've been coding Perl since ~2001, and I assure you that unless you're doing Real Time type work (such as microcontroller business), Perl is pretty well efficient enough for almost all tasks, given enough CPU and memory (I'm speaking runtime here). When I code in C/C++ for a microcontroller, I almost always prototype in Perl first to get my ground ready, then do the lower level work. I can deploy anything in Perl (including 100% test coverage and full documentation), quicker than I could code, build and test anything in any other language, so there's that ;)

Also, I assure you that you will make more money if you get hired doing Perl, than you will in almost any other language at this time (that said, you've got to be damned good and experienced).

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Re^5: Is it still worth learning Perl as a first language?
by taint (Chaplain) on Jun 13, 2018 at 21:08 UTC
    "Efficiency is a very relative term. Efficient compared to what? Runtime? Compiling? Deploying? Developing?"

    Fair enough. Let me try to better articulate my intent, regarding that statment.

    I meant with regard to actual deployment. As one simple example; I wouldn't use Perl to write something best suited for Client side JavaScript. Would you? ;-)
    But as you later stated; it really is fantastic for prototyping, and can indeed solve most real-world problems -- makes for a good problem solver; as I originally mentioned. ;-)

    "Also, I assure you that you will make more money if you get hired doing Perl, than you will in almost any other language at this time (that said, you've got to be damned good and experienced)."

    Ahem... Didn't I pretty much say just that, in my reply? ;-)

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      I meant with regard to actual deployment. As one simple example; I wouldn't use Perl to write something best suited for Client side JavaScript. Would you?"

      No, but that wasn't part of your OP. Why not ask that straight up?

      Joke around homeboy, ask rhetorical questions. I love you, will always be here for you in your desperate need for attention, and will code circles in 10 languages around you to keep you content.

      Love,

      -stevieb

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