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,
        too.  ....


   Gary Kline     [EMAIL PROTECTED]   www.thought.org     Public service Unix

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