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berkbw
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 5:58 pm    Post subject: perl-Test-Harness Reply with quote

I'm thinking that you developer types might have someone who is into perl.

What is the degree of difficulty in "learning" perl? I am 65 yr. old, and back a generation and a half I programmed in machine language, Basic, and COBOL did not seem strange.... plus the usual office stuff like DBII, etc.

I absolutely HATE "C", and also most of it's children. I think that its type and field checking just begs to be broken. I was, and still am, surprised that "C" is the father of linux. and it's ugly.

Should I bother? What are the strengths? I was prompted to wonder after apt-get got perl-Test-Harness. An interesting name, about which I found no documentation

Thanks

b-

jebba
PostPosted: Sat Dec 08, 2007 6:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, people will talk about what is best like crazy, but if you're jumping into it, I'd suggest python over perl.
iron_chef
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I second Jeff's opinion here. I've programmed in both Perl and Python for at least 7 years now. I learned Perl first (and it's fairly easy to pick up), but Python is much better. The syntax is cleaner - it almost reads like English. When it comes down to it though, either will do whatever job you need it to do. They're both very robust and very well supported. And each has huge communities for support and help. I only ever use Perl anymore for work (supporting some old software I wrote a long time ago. And every day, I'm tempted to rewrite it in Python. :)

jebba wrote:
Well, people will talk about what is best like crazy, but if you're jumping into it, I'd suggest python over perl.

jebba
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's a bit more obscure, but you could check out ruby again, if only to read this book:

http://poignantguide.net/ruby/

john maclean
PostPosted: Sun Dec 09, 2007 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Um, I've played with a few languages and I'll say the following;
- The best language is the one that you "like", "get on with" or understand
- The more on line docs there are the quicker you'll learn
- Ruby 0wns
- Bash shell has lots of docs. have a look in /usr/share/doc/bash-3.2/ [ note that your version may be different]
- perl's cool too. Looooooads of docs on your machine right now.
- python's cool. May want to get a book or collect some bookmarks.

Example: - try
Code:
man -k perl
and you'll loads of packages and docs related to perl.

For your package:
Code:
apt-cache show perl-Test-Harness
Summary: Run Perl standard test scripts with statistics
Description:
 Run Perl standard test scripts with statistics


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iron_chef
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

jebba wrote:
It's a bit more obscure, but you could check out ruby again, if only to read this book:

http://poignantguide.net/ruby/


Whoa. That book just blew my mind. Now I have to learn Ruby...

iron_chef
PostPosted: Mon Dec 10, 2007 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Also, here's a link to a pretty good, free Python book you can read online or download and print:

http://diveintopython.org

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