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Next: What's the difference between "perl" and "Perl"?
When your manager forbids it -- but do consider replacing them :-).
Actually, one good reason is when you already have an existing application
written in another language that's all done (and done well), or you have an
application language specifically designed for a certain task (e.g. prolog,
For various reasons, Perl is probably not well-suited for real-time
embedded systems, low-level operating systems development work like device
drivers or context-switching code, complex multithreaded shared-memory
applications, or extremely large applications. You'll notice that perl is
not itself written in Perl.
The new native-code compiler for Perl may reduce the limitations given in
the previous statement to some degree, but understand that Perl remains
fundamentally a dynamically typed language, and not a statically typed one.
You certainly won't be chastized if you don't trust nuclear-plant or
brain-surgery monitoring code to it. And Larry will sleep easier, too --
Wall Street programs not withstanding. :-)
Source: Perl FAQ: General Questions About Perl
Copyright: Copyright (c) 1997 Tom Christiansen and Nathan Torkington.
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