kline at tao.thought.org
Thu Apr 27 22:34:15 UTC 2006
On Thu, Apr 27, 2006 at 10:21:53AM +0100, Alex Zbyslaw wrote:
> Gary Kline wrote:
> > I am NOT trying to start any kind of flame debate, but would
> > like to know what real advantage perl has over the newer
> > so-called all-in-one language, ch. (Other than the obvious
> > fact that there are literally billions of lines of perl existant.)
> I don't know ch from Adam so can't comment on that but really, the
> questions what are you trying to do? Is this for a pet programming
> project? For work? Maintained just by you? By others? What's your
> programming experience?
These days most of what I do is by/for me only. Altho
lots of times what I thought was throw-away code (/bin/sh,
perl, C/C++) will have a snippet that's useful. So I'll
save it in my Prefab directory.
ch is new, < 5 years (?). Most of my hacking these days
involves tools to help me put up book-lngth stuff on the
web. I've got a program, atom (ASCII-to-Markup) that I've
working on since '94. Originally for TeX, now HTML.
atom only does a few things, but well. Since I started
making available **old** books (pre-1923), I needed
a means of <CENTER>ing and <A HREF="p347">347</A> page number
and page HEADER (and more). A short C program did the trick.
I used perl for other substitutions.
Somebody in the UK turned the perl regex stuff into a ch
library. IMHO, nobody can touch perl's regex ... so it
would be nice to have in the C world. There are other
perl features that would serve if they were backported,
Gary Kline kline at thought.org www.thought.org Public service Unix
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