May 11, 2011, 5:07 AM
Post #9 of 9
Re: [theboyholty] Why use Perl?
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It is much more difficult to compare Perl with other languages, because it depends very much on personal taste. For example, some people prefer Java over Perl because it is less permissive - Perl indeed allows you to make wonderful mistake - while other people like Perl *because* of its flexibility.
I personally don't like the (retrofitted) OOP not so much in the way it was done in Perl, and I would prefer Ruby over Perl (to give an example). Also, there are possibly several languages which I would prefer even more, but which I haven't time yet to evaluate - friends suggested Scala, Clojure and Groovy, for instance.
IMO this question does not make much sense. As long as a language is Turing-complete, any language can do everything. In this respect, you might consider learning the Whitespace langauage, see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whitespace_(programming_language) ;-)