On Thu, 22 Feb 2001, Cormac McClean wrote:
>> What do you feel are the relative merits of Perl v.s PHP
> for inclusion in a course in Web application development
> (including database connectivity)?
> Which is more widely used currently, and is this likely
> to change in the future?
I guess it depends on the job needed. I use PHP when a lot of databasing is
needed, and Perl for when there's a lot of file-work.
I've always found it awkward connecting to databases in Perl, but love it's
powerful regexps - yes, PHP has them as well, but they're not as easy to use
I have yet to write a PHP program which accesses files - mostly because of it's
A plus for Perl is that it is included in most Linux distributions, where PHP
usually has to be specifically installed. Therefore, if you're giving someone a
script for their own use, it's more logical to give a Perl script.
PHP is much better for Internet work, in my opinion. The ease in which CGI
parameters, environmental variables, and cookies can be read and manipulated is
a big plus for me.
Kae Verens www.orbism.com
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