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Re^2: Perl for science

by bruno (Friar)
on Feb 13, 2009 at 18:29 UTC ( #743660=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Perl for science
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So what is it specifically that makes perl suitable/better for these applications?

Libraries. Modules. CPAN. I'm not going to say that Perl is better than any other niche language in science. But I am willing to argue that it is no worse than python/java/ruby/whatnot for general-purpose scientific computing.

The proof for this is my personal experience. I am not married to Perl in any way. My data is more important than my favorite language. So I said to myself; the day that I felt held back by Perl, I'd leave it (albeit temporarily) for the next better tool. And even though I've been only coding for a couple of years, that day has yet to come, and I've used a wide variety of data-crunching modules.

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