• Subject: Re: Extract number from character field(Perl syntax) (wayy off topic)
  • From: boldt@xxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 9 Nov 1999 08:33:05 -0500



Jim wrote:
>That is about the same issue I have with Perl.  And although Perl is
extremely
>powerful in parsing, I don't feel it is ever going to make it really big.
And
>even though the argument can be brought up that it is already "big", I
don't
>think it's going to get much bigger.

I feel a bit awkward defending Perl.  But since there is a
port available for the AS/400, and you can download it from
an IBM web site, I'm not going to feel guilty about it.

As you said, it can be argued that Perl already is big.  It's
certainly the most popular language for CGI apps, powering
some of the most popular web sites on the net:  Amazon, Deja,
Yahoo, and Slashdot to name a few.  As the internet grows, so
too will Perl.

You think RPG is big?  Look at what's available on the
internet.  Searching for "Perl" on Google, shows 321429 pages.
"RPG" yields 130870.  Not bad until you consider that RPG
also means "Role Playing Game".  Search for "RPG AS/400", and
the number drops down to 3825 pages.  (I also tried a few
other variations, but this was the best.)  In other words,
there are about a hundred times as many web pages about Perl
as there are about RPG on the AS/400.

Cheers! Hans

Hans Boldt, ILE RPG Development, IBM Toronto Lab, boldt@ca.ibm.com


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