[CentOS] which programming language for server-side admin tasks

Les Mikesell lesmikesell at gmail.com
Wed Jun 17 12:40:31 UTC 2009

Karanbir Singh wrote:
> On 06/15/2009 06:09 PM, Gary Greene wrote:
>> If you're looking for shear speed, C++. However if you're looking for
>> ease of programming paradigm with OO ideas, etc, then Ruby or Python. If
>> however you want a middle ground, go Perl. It is fairly fast (faster
>> than Python and Ruby), and is fairly extensible for talking to the OS.
>> Note however Perl's object framework leaves much to be desired from OO
>> purists.
> I know that there are a *lot* of reasons to run with perl, however if 
> you dont already know it - I see *no* reason to learn it as a language 
> anymore. You are much better off working with the likes of python ( 
> which isnt much slower than perl at most things ) or ruby ( which 
> reduces the development time so much that its worth the slightly lower 
> performance it has now - but thats also changing )

I still see CPAN as a huge plus for perl since it often makes it 
possible to some very complex tasks with only a few lines of your own 
code.  But maybe I just haven't found the corresponding resource for 
other languages.  I think java might be close to a match but without a 
central place to find it. And it is much more verbose so even if you 
find libraries to do most of the grunge work you'll still be typing a lot.

   Les Mikesell
    lesmikesell at gmail.com

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