FAQ 1.11: When shouldn't I program in Perl?

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1.11: When shouldn't I program in 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, make).

    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 multi-threaded
    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 eventually reduce the
    limitations given in the previous statement to some degree, but
    understand that Perl remains fundamentally a dynamically typed language,
    not a statically typed one. You certainly won't be chastised 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. :-)


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