[NBLUG/talk] Perl vs other scripting methods

matt matt at cfxnetworks.com
Mon May 8 17:41:07 PDT 2006

My thoughts exactly; on your response, that is. As much as I love PHP (as 
confusing as Brainfuck? I don't know where you've been), it is used for the 
web, not shell scripting. Perl does what it does well, but it is going to be 
way too much work for you to learn to accomplish what you want. Any language 
that you have to consciously learn the syntax isn't a very intuitive 

And that's why we have Python. It one of the most intuitive languages out 
there, and if you are looking to actually *get something done* rather than 
debug your code, Python is what you want.

Oh, and please no one moan about how you have to install extra libraries to 
use Python. It isn't like Perl is built into the kernel or anything...

On Monday 08 May 2006 15:58, Walter Hansen wrote:
> > On Mon, 2006-05-08 at 11:51 -0700, Walter Hansen wrote:
> <snip>
> >> I'll probably just be one of the din, but php is a great language for
> >> web
> >> pages, probaly the best, but for server work I'd choose perl. Also the
> >> coding is very similar. I doubt you'd have much trouble even after 15
> >> years.
> >
> > Walter,
> >
> > My preference for scripting nowadays (last 4 years) is Python. If you
> > are interested to have some fun while solving your real problem, pick up
> > Python. It is very easy to learn, a very natural and fun language. You
> > can get everything done with it just like with Perl, but you will have a
> > very readable and maintainable script. I have not yet tried Ruby yet,
> > but people say similar good things about it.
> >
> > /zsolt
> ????? WTF?????
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