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Collecting notes and resources to help choose among Perl, Python, Ruby and others as a "scripting" language. (Hmm, is Python really a scripting language (I don't know -- but maybe I'm restricting the scope of this document too much -- when I move to WikiLearn, should this be in a folder named Scriptinglanguages, or something more general, like Programminglanguages.)

Note that Tcl and Tkinter come into play here as well -- IIUC, Tkinter is sort of the Python counterpart to Tcl. (I don't know if Tcl is "tied" to Perl in some way.)

Also PHP and CGI, although I guess CGI works with Perl or Python (so not sure where PHP comes into the picture).

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Recommended

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Recommended for Specific Needs

  • (rhk) Getting Loopy with Python and Perl; Aahz; 06/27/2002 -- Although this has some value for comparing Python and Perl, it might have even more value for learning one when you know (or are familiar) with the other.

  • (rhk) A Python/Perl phrasebook; Jak Kirman; one place says last modified 9 Nov 1995 -- a good idea, and might be very useful. Didn't look for the versions of Perl and Python it deals with, but based on the last modified date, it might apply to older versions of Python and Perl and might be inaccurate or incomplete for current versions. Still, worth looking at until you determine its usefulness.

Recommended by Others

  • (rhk) [[http://search.barnesandnoble.com/booksearch/isbnInquiry.asp?userid=0FOEKRSTPG&isbn=0201734885][
PERL to Python Migration]]; Martin C. Brown; November, 2001 -- a book ($45)

No Recommendation

  • (rhk) Issue 73: Why Python?; May 01, 2000; Eric S. Raymond -- compares Perl and Python (I think) -- probably covers the subject adequately (just read the first page or so), but not the most concise treatment. (Might be the kind of thing that would be useful in a Reader's Digest condensed version, but, maybe the verbiage is useful for the insight it may give the reader.) I skipped over the rest of Eric's article, but the reader's comments provided some useful insights, some recorded above, one more here (and there are probably more) -- Eric clearly advocates Python, but he starts out by telling you all the reasons he didn't want to try Python and wanted to stick with Perl -- makes a stronger argument.

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Not Recommended

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Contributors

  • () RandyKramer - 03 Jul 2002
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