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What do you use Perl for and Why?by pg (Canon)
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Hope meditations is the right place for this post.
I think there are two types of Perl guys, one type uses Perl for everything or most of their things; one type uses Perl for certain things, or under certain situations. Now, each type of person has their reasons. Well, this is not this post is really about. I am just thinking, whatever which type you are, it is interesting to know what our monks are doing daily (maybe only once a while) by using Perl? Your project (can simply be a fun project for yourself)? Why do you pick Perl?
Okay let's talk about myself as a starter.
I am the second type of guy, so I only use Perl for certain things. It is partly because that I worked for a large corporation (I dismissed myself from the army per Anonymous Monks comment ;-), although I am a team leader, I don't always have the right to pick the language for each project (On the other hand, I don't always pick Perl, even if I have the right, if it does not fit ;-)
I have written some testing tools for a large communication system in Perl. i also did quite a few small tools for myself and my team in perl.
I use Perl whenever there is a need to quickly put something together, to help the main projects I am working on.
I don't usually feel comfortable to do an entire big project in Perl, and never made or supported this kind of decision.
I have my own web site running, and the server side is 100% Perl when the client side is mainly Java applets and Code Fusion.
A kind reminder: This post is not about to heat up some heated argument whether Perl is better or the best (I saw this kind of fighting couple of times here, and to be frank I hated those ;-), this is just about telling your own success story and Perl life, and enlighten other monks so that they might use Perl next time for something they would not usually use Perl.