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Re: Re: Use Perl wisely, not cleverly

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Re: Re: Re: Use Perl wisely, not cleverly
by Nkuvu (Priest) on Feb 20, 2003 at 21:50 UTC

    You missed the point. It does not matter the size of your company. Your company is not the end-all be-all of programming. Sorry.

    My company programs almost exclusively in C/C++. That doesn't mean that other languages are garbage. I could say something like "I work for a big name company and I have never seen a serious project in Ada/Cobol/FORTRAN/Java/Perl/VB/Lisp/Assembly/Pascal/SmallTalk/SQL et cetera et cetera". And it would not mean anything. My company programs embedded systems, and on the projects I have been working on, C is the best language. This of course doesn't mean that all other languages are useless. Just that we didn't choose those languages for this particular task. Get it?

    In addition, I find it hard to imagine someone who makes such a strong claim about benchmarks who has no apparent inclination to show the code. I could say that I ran a test in which Java took 32GB of RAM and Perl took only 3K. It's a pretty pointless claim unless I'm providing some evidence.

    It's also a pointless claim to say you've worked for "big name" companies without revealing your identity. I could claim that I work for (or have worked for) IBM, Hewlett-Packard, Apple, Microsoft, Motorola, Intuit, Raytheon, Lockheed-Martin... But what does that really prove to you?

    Whoops, sorry, missed the "Do not feed the trolls" sign. My bad.

    Edit: s/identitity/identity/;
Re: Re: Re: Use Perl wisely, not cleverly
by jmcnamara (Monsignor) on Feb 20, 2003 at 23:06 UTC

    my big names are: Sun (currently), Motorola, Tandem (if you know what it is)

    I believe that it is a type of bicycle.


      Tandem once built a machine that could not die. It could fry processors, memory, backplanes, power supplies and continue to live.

      Tandem once built a machine to government specs. It matched every Mil-spec tossed at it and stood triumphant amongst the rubble of its bid opponents.

      Tandem once built a machine almost no one bought and fewer kept running. Tandem went against Cray and IBM at their height of competition and found that slow, wonky, proprietary, 100%, and tool-less lost out to fast, well-documented, proprietary but cloned, 99.9% with great tech support and helpful reps, and fabulous programming tool-sets.

      Tandem, last I heard, was an in-joke at Compaq, where their PC department had already re-invented every useful tech in the box and couldn't imagine why their bosses bought the dead husk of a company. Patents, in case you are wondering...

      And that is why, when yon troll brags about Tandem, everyone thinks he means bicycles. :) :)

      $you = new YOU;
      honk() if $you->love(perl)

      A good one. I mean it, this one makes life more bright, especially read it on Fri. It is a type of bicycle, and also was a company focus on non-stop computer hardware and software.
Re: Re: Re: Use Perl wisely, not cleverly
by steves (Curate) on Feb 20, 2003 at 21:00 UTC

    I have a bigger name for you but I best not say it lest I pollute the place.

The world is big for some and small for others.
by petesmiley (Friar) on Feb 21, 2003 at 18:05 UTC
    Hmm, that's funny. I worked at Compaq after they bought Tandem. Maybe theres a reason they got bought. It might be the same reason Compaq got bought :)

    Even then, I've seen 2 rather pricey perl products come in the door while at Compaq. (and Compaq reeks of M$)

    Funny the way that works. By the way, I hate to tell you this. But M$ is running around buying (yes buying) all of Suns clients. Hell, they're even trying to buy off other countries.

    I guess it just goes to show. There is a place and time for everything.

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