Random Perl ... rant

Iain Barnett iainspeed at gmail.com
Thu Apr 3 09:44:01 BST 2008

On 2 Apr 2008, at 11:56 pm, Paul Makepeace wrote:
> On 4/2/08, Peter Edwards <peter at dragonstaff.com> wrote:
>>  <shrug> at least I can sleep at night knowing I'm not using .NET
> Erm, .NET's runtime, development environment, and choice of languages
> is so far beyond where Perl is it's difficult to know where to start.
> Perhaps you're just trolling.
> P

I like perl a lot, but I make more "direct" money through C#. It's a  
good language with a good framework and a good IDE, on a rubbish OS.  
If I compare perl, it's also a good language, with a good framework  
(slightly better because it's driven by the community), on good and  
bad OS's - but the killer blow is in the IDE's (for me).

If you want to draw in programmers from other languages then you  
can't show them a command line debugger and colorised emacs and  
expect converts. I want intellisense, and I want a GUI for debugging,  
and so do a lot of other people *because it makes us more productive  
and our lives easier*, which is the whole point. Isn't it?

I'm still looking forward to Perl6 though. Looks interesting, but I  
can see it being in the same league as Lisp for number of users.


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