I'd welcome the views on this issue from you fine people, especially the
more seasoned Perl folks among us.
I have a friend at work who *I* turned on to Perl - he is a C++ Developer,
and so it was very cool to have HIM looking over MY shoulder amazed at some
stuff I had done with Perl. (I'm no whiz - just persistant and a (usually
He learned it - we learned it together - I still love Perl and am still
Suddenly he's been bitten by the JAVA BUG!!! He thinks I should "move to
learning Java, move to learning Java!" he tells me 20 times a day - he tells
me today that "any more time you spend developing in Perl is a waste of your
time!" And yesterday he "gave" me a huge book of learning Java!
He says now that "very few" companies use Perl that much - and that Java is
the way to go - that it will provide me with "more structure" than Perl can
offer and I can learn about "Objects"
(I almost picked up the nearest OBJECT from my desk and threw it at him at
I'm NOT trying to start a "which is better and why" long thread - simply
soliciting a few opinions on:
* Do you think that before I am CONFIDENT with MOST of using Perl on the fly
without reference I should "move on" to another language?
* Do you feel Perl is "on the way out" or going to be overlooked by Java??!
(Maybe it's my computer - but I personally have found that ANY time I hit a
page with Java onboard or run a Java app such as Limewire I feel my computer
is about to explode - that it's doing an AWFUL lot of NOISE and disk
spinning for no apparent reason - it gives me the creeps the way it acts!)
I tend to think - to HOPE - that as far as carreers go, that most any
company would have Perl AVAILABLE, and I don't know about all companies, but
the current company i work for - I joined up and was surrounded by COBOl
programmers (Microfocus COBOl on an HP Unix box) , and I showed them how to
use UNIX for shell scripts, etc - and some of them are quite fond of UNIX
now - in other words I like to think it's not WHICH tool you USE, but how
you get it done with the least amount of time and effort wasted.
So this is a true beginner's question and subject, I am simply worried
about the time I have invested into learning Perl and solicit opinions pro
Eric Via coolhand.luke@...
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