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From: Christopher M.
Date: Mon 11th May 2020, 4:27pm


"Lee de Byl" <10*0*8*[email protected]*u*e*t*u*a*e*u*a*> wrote:

> Thanks for the detailed and helpful reply, Chris. I really appreciate it and what you're saying makes sense.
> I only mention Perl specifically as it seems like it was an early evolution of sh, awk and sed. From 
> wikipedia:
> > "The Perl languages borrow features from other programming languages including C, shell script (sh), AWK, 
> and sed" 

Hi Lee,

Yes, Perl was an attempt to build a massive single language, a swiss-army-knife, that could do everything.
It's still popular amongst the shrinking band of people that can actually read Perl scripts,
but its overloaded use of punctuation (in contrast to Python's English words) will deter new users.

Actually, I remembered your question, again, when I read this article this morning:


It speaks of the growth in using Python for system's administration.

> So in the case of the assignment, we could conceivably use something like bc for the numerical component?

Yes, or even just expr for basic integers.

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├─ reply 1   Sun 10th May 2020, 11:51am, Christopher M.
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