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Default Relevence of Perl Nowadays

hi friends...i seriously think that it is waste to spend time on perl when we have much user friendly n strong scripting languages like ASP,PHP,JSP...what do u think guys??
what is d relevence of Perl in todays world?do companies still work on Perl?

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Perl is a powerful, efficient *general purpose* programming language. So you can write system administration tasks, games, applications, whatever with perl. You can sort of do this with PHP, but perhaps its a little trickier. You can't do this with JSP or ASP. You can only write stuff for the web.

PHP is OK for developing web stuff. And at least it is open source. Perl can do much of what php can through mod_perl or cgi, is more difficult to learn, but can also do many general programming tasks that php can't. It also has an enormous centralized library of 'modules', CPAN (http://www.cpan.org )that php has yet to achieve.

JSP is a sun owned and rather verbose subset of java which can be used to develop websites. Its more suited to large applications. Perl is less verbose, and suitable for small or large websites.

ASP is a proprietary, microsoft specific extension to their infamously insecure IIS webserver, used by only around a quarter of active websites (http://news.netcraft.com/archives/20...er_survey.html ).

As to people still working with perl, the short answer is yes. See http://www.dedasys.com/articles/lang...opularity.html .

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It's a fair question to ask, one to which I'm not entirely qualified to respond, but...

I really appreciate having perl in my toolkit, inevitably, two, three, six times a year I want a light, fast tool to rip through files. and perl hasn't let me down.

many companies still find the ability to dump 50-90 million user records from an expensive db to an inexpensive perl box for some adaptive mining to be quite cost effective, flexible, and fast.

if not perl, there'd still be a need for a such a tool -- one pretty much perl's shape, color, size...

absolutely, however, if you know another tool that meets your needs, well, there ya go. it's all good, use what works.

I'm truly an amateur with perl, but she and i'll still be hanging out together for some time to come, i expect.
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