Help me to be more biased towards Perl (or not)
londonperlmongers at iandocherty.com
Fri May 11 06:50:27 BST 2007
I am biased, I accept that, but do I have good reason to be biased
towards Perl rather than dot-net or Java?
I can't say I have done anything serious in either Java or dot-net, I
just can't get the enthusiasm to get past the learning curve.
The reason I ask this is as follows.
The company I work for has a quite complex web application written in
PHP and MySql. It is everything you would expect from in-experienced,
but enthusiastic, programmers. Everything is in the same file, PHP,
re-usabality is a single file called functions.php where everything
'shared' goes. I am sure you have seen this before.
I am trying to bring them out of the dark ages and have started up a
project to use Perl and Catalyst to replace their existing application.
Due to operational reasons this has stalled and we are looking to
out-source the development.
My fear is that if the project is out-sourced I may be over-ruled by our
directors who are impressed by flashy presentations from these external
companies that have good reasons to develop this web application in
either Java or dot-net (because that is what *they* are biased towards).
Once the project is done I still have to think about supporting the
So, should I be concerned? Are there good arguments either for or
against Perl? I know most people here will be biased towards Perl but
are there any objective arguments I can use?
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