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Re: What do you use Perl for and Why?

by kutsu (Priest)
on Oct 12, 2003 at 20:17 UTC ( #298706=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to What do you use Perl for and Why?

To take your question in steps: I use a combination of perl, html tinkering, and javascript for web-development. Use a combination of perl and korn shell for must Linux applications. I'd like to be able to write perl executables and GUI applications, I'm learning Tk at the moment, but for now that's in the relm of java and VB. My favorite use for perl is to make my own computer run better and to tackle little ideas and problems I have.

Why: I started using perl for webpage design because that's what the scripts I would be working on were written in - I continue to use it for it adaptablity (esp. used with CGI and HTML::Template). When I write scripts for Linux, they need to be able to easily pass and obtain data from the OS and other scripts, which many times are not written in perl, perl offers the best and quickest way for me to do this. I have little control over what I write my executables and GUI in, so even after learning Tk well enough to use it, it will be a while before I use it at work.

"Pain is weakness leaving the body, I find myself in pain everyday" -me

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Re: What do you use Perl for and Why?
by Arbogast (Monk) on Oct 13, 2003 at 14:59 UTC
    I consider myself a computer user who programs to get a job done, and not a programmer. You are very limited as a computer user if you don't program.

    I wanted to write a 21st century Family Photo/History Book, a sequel to a Family Book written in 1917. I didn't even consider a paper version. Paper books are static, and it is unclear if paper books will even be popular in 100 years, or if they will be something people collect like stamps? So, a "Living Book", in an electronic format seemed the way to go.

    I chose Perl because I was told it could be done in Perl. Perl is difficult for a non programmer to learn, but makes life very easy after you start thinking in Perl. Initially I tried Tk and HTML for the UI, the results were ok but not really acceptable. I migrated to Flash for the User Interface, which I suppose is a seperate language, but I just view it as an exotic file format managed by Perl.

    Perl seems to have been a very fortunate first choice. It is amazing how much you can accomplish without understanding the details of how a computer works. Although I view the Flash Player as a transitory technology, I am hopeful Perl will be like Fortran or Cobol, supported long after it has passed its prime.

    Mindless plug from a non pro programmer, OReilly Books are like Lessons from the Gods!!!

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