[NBLUG/talk] Perl vs other scripting methods

Todd Cary todd at aristesoftware.com
Tue May 9 11:16:56 PDT 2006

I am sorry about creating some confusion when I mentioned PHP.  My 
intent was to indicate that I am comfortable with the syntax and as I 
recall, there is some similarity to Perl (as well as C).  By no means do 
I intend using PHP for system level scripting.  My main question is Perl 
versus the shell languages about which I know zip other than struggling 
to understand some of the scripts.  Should one really go through the 
efforts and learn the language that is used by so many scripts in Linux 
or stick with Perl or as suggested, Python?


Todd Cary wrote:
> Some years ago when I was working as a DBA, I used Perl to do things 
> like nightly backups.  But time has flown by and I have not used Perl 
> in over 15 years and now need to write some simple scripts.  Should I 
> break out the Perl book (I assume it would still be good enough) or 
> should I learn another scripting language?  As I recall, Perl and Php 
> are similar and I am fairly proficient with Php.
> Todd

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