I Still Love Perl in 2023

I began programming professionally using Perl in 1995. Over the years, I drifted away from Perl from time to time as industry trends shifted to Java, Go, Javascript and numerous other tools. After all that time, Perl continues to be my tool of choice and I enjoy using it more now than ever before.

My primary use-case for Perl in 2023 is as a prototyping tool, pushing ahead through the muck to establish ideas and then following up with Rust to build the primary implementation. Perl gives me the basic foundation of a lisp (if you squint hard enough) with a rich set of industrial-grade libraries to do a lot of the heavy lifting. Specifically....

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last update 2023-08-22