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Re: [opensuse] Quick perl question - why are @array[$num] and $array[$num] the same?
  • From: Sloan <joe@xxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 01 May 2008 10:22:00 -0700
  • Message-id: <4819FC38.7070909@xxxxxxxxxx>
David C. Rankin wrote:
Randall R Schulz wrote:

If you're going to start programming things that go beyond what works well in BASH, you'd be better off with Python or Ruby or even Groovy.

Randall Schulz

That's real, real bad news Randall, I'm already 60% through perl. Bummer. Python huh? I'll look at it. I presume it handles floating point, and has the capabilities of perl? (oh no, here we go again...)

Don't give up on perl on the basis of a few naysayers. Programming language preferences are a very personal matter, and have a lot to do with your own peculiar personality and "wiring" if you will.

Consider this: First of all, perl is not going away - it has been called "the duct tape of the internet" for good reason. Keep in mind also that proficiency in one language enhances your ability to learn additional languages. Finally, any perl program reflects the coding style of the programmer - sure, it is possible to write obfuscated perl, but it's also possible (and my preference) to write perl code that looks at first glance just like well structured c.

Some like perl, some hate it, but I'd recommend that you dig in and decide for yourself.

Personally I like perl, as I do all the c-like languages (c, c++, c#, java, php, etc)

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