In Infoworld’s article, Java performance improvements touted quoted:
As your program grows in size, the lack of strong typing basically kills your ability to handle a very large program and so you don’t find the million-line Perl program.
In response, chromatic said:
the reason that there aren’t many million-line Perl programs is that the people who are capable of writing and managing million-line Perl programs have better ways to organize their projects than glomming a million lines of Java into a single shared-everything instance.
My reflection and thoughts:
- Interestingly, why the pick on Perl? not Python or Ruby or Lisp-flavoured ones?
- s/Perl/PHP/g or s/Perl/Python/g etc. on chromatic’s quote still valid and sound;
- Java => Strong typing? Not necessarily always;
- IntelliJ IDEA is the only reason I still code in Java, Eclipse? that would be another post;
- I have written Perl applications before, and would be very happy to pick it up for my next project if everything else fits (e.g. the team factor);
- When would I code in Java? most likely a project that:
- being “enterprisy”, or
- I am really interested to learn, explore and apply, e.g. Antlr.