Should I learn Perl or Java? I’ve heard both
are major programming languages. Perl is better at text processing and scientific
computing. It also has an annoying syntax. Perl is considered
hard to learn and bad for beginners. Perl code has great libraries and documentation.
More programmers learned Perl. Only because it came out first, I think. Java
you shoot yourself in the foot. I suppose that is always a plus. Or, at least,
less painful. Java gets good marks as being a good starter
programming language. Java gets high marks for being readable, and if it compiles, it
runs. Java runs well as a script inside of a larger
application. In fact, Java Virtual Machine or JVM is so good other languages like to
use it. So what do you think I should learn? Whether you want to support server side apps
or desktop applications, Java is definitely the way to go. You said Perl was better for scientific and
number crunching applications. It is, but Java can work for that purpose.
Or put Java in the Perl application for the web functionality. I’ve heard of Java plus Python for Jython.
If there a Jerl or Pava somewhere? No, thank goodness. That’s the beauty of
Java – it plays well with almost everyone, or everything. Except for those incomprehensible error messages. If you learned object oriented programming
with Java, the errors make a lot more sense. If I learn object oriented programming with
Java, I won’t make those same errors. No, you’ll make new ones. Thanks for the Perl of wisdom.