I'm using quite a lot of Perl under linux @ the moment.
As it was designed partly/mostly? for parsing text there
are a multitude of modules that might already be in
existence for what you wish to do.
Perl source can also be converted into C source and C programs
can also call Perl scripts if required.
Best place to start is http://www.perl.com IMHO, and http://CPAN.perl.org.
The procedure for converting from a Perl source file to C is:
1: Convert the source:
perlcc -sav script.pl (will compile into executable and save the source to
perlcc -gen script.pl (will generate the c source only, will not compile)
2: Manually Compile if required:
gcc -o script script.pl.c -I/usr/libdata/perl/5.00503/mach/CORE/
-L/usr/libdata/perl/5.00503/mach/CORE/ -lperl -lm -lcrypt
From: Dale Dunlea [mailto:dad at raidtec.ie]
Sent: Tuesday, July 31, 2001 12:43 PM
To: ilug at linux.ie
Subject: [ILUG] When to use Perl
I haven't coded in ages and the only (software) languages I currently
know are C/C++.
I'm planning to write some code to parse a fairly large (and quite
poorly structured) text file and then do *very* fancy things with it
and then output and optimised version of the text file. So my question
is, should I learn perl and do it that way or should I soldier along
 For the curious among you, the text file is VHDL source code and I
want to systematically search for nets where the propagation delay could
be reduced by restructuring the driving logic. Someone was bound to ask.
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