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LinuxProgramming: Migrating from Perl to Python

Jun 26, 2000, 12:24 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Martin C. Brown)

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"Everybody knows about Perl--it's probably the most used language on the planet for Internet development. It's quick, easy to use, and if you use it a lot, it also becomes a lot of fun to use. For people like me who've been using it for years, it's difficult to adjust, but for all of its great abilities Perl has a couple of annoying "features" that can sometimes be frustrating. Its openness can also add to its complexity, and large projects can sometimes, but not always, be a bit a of a handful."

"It's hard to criticize Perl though--I'm not a complete evangelist, but I can't think of a recent project that I haven't at least tried to complete in Perl. In fact, most of the projects I'm currently working on are Perl-based."

"There is an alternative, though. It's relatively new--less than a quarter of the age of Perl, and provides many of the same features. The alternative is called Python, and in this new series I'll be looking at how to make the jump from Perl to Python."

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