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Wow, the comment I just put in banazir's journal is longer than most of my posts recently, so I may as well paste it here too:

I'll preface this by saying I've got several years intensive Perl experience, so I'm almost certain to be biased.

For data structures, Perl is very powerful. Check XML::Simple out, as a basic example of how things can be set up. You can even dump out entire data structures into a string with things like FreezeThaw (you could then save that string into a file or mysql DB or something)

The only major downside with Perl is its speed, especially with high-end numbercrunching. It's an interpreted language, so, unlike C which is already compiled prior to execution, the Perl compiler has to compile it at execution time, which can slow things down (although not noticeably for most things).

I've got only a few days' worth of experience with C, so I can't really compare the two languages, although most of the
syntactic sugar is similar between the two languages, as Perl was made to be C-like.


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Sep. 29th, 2004 03:14 pm (UTC)
i like pie.

*nods sagely*
Sep. 30th, 2004 03:15 am (UTC)
try pie try
Sep. 30th, 2004 03:16 am (UTC)
I hate~ you wee bull.

mmm pie.
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