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Re: What is Perl *NOT* good at?

by kvale (Monsignor)
on Apr 20, 2004 at 20:53 UTC ( #346796=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What is Perl *NOT* good at?

I generally program it in perl first and see what happens. I have rarely been disappointed :)

In my experience, core perl can be less than optimal for

  • Large matrix and vector operations (but see PDL for an excellent speedup)
  • Although there are a lot of XS modules out there, interfacing to libraries could be easier.
  • Some types of functional programming require efficient handling of tail recursion, which is not a strong point of the current perl.

-Mark

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Re^2: What is Perl *NOT* good at?
by etj (Chaplain) on Jun 23, 2022 at 15:38 UTC
    Tail recursion is entirely possible in Perl, using the construct goto &own_func_name (having updated @_ as desired).

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