At 5:25 PM -0400 5/8/07, Sherm Pendley wrote:
there's a very widespread misconception that Perl is useful for
system admins, web developers, and little else. One thing I find
personally frustrating is the corollary, that Perl *programmers*
must be admins or web devs. I find that frustrating because I'm not
an admin, and while I don't mind web work, I don't want to focus on
So, what can be done to change that?...
I certainly don't know -- I'm a physician, not a professional
programmer, but I have used many scripts, including scripts written
in Perl, to increase my office productivity and to make throughput
easier. I also use it in non-office matters as my tool of choice
whenever graphic files are involved.
In general, I find Perl to be very useful when I'm dealing with data
that is mostly in the form of strings, which happens for me in a
number of circumstances.