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Is it true that “Real programmers can write assembly code in any language.”?

Real programmers can write assembly code in any language. (Larry Wall). As far as I can make out, Mr. Larry Wall is trying to say that to a real programmer any language can have the same ...
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Is Independent Java Development Worth it Compared to Objective-C? [closed]

First I would like to say that I'm not developer, but I love to code whenever I can. I mainly use Perl which is the language I use when doing System Administration. For different reasons (that I'm ...
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Why is Perl so heavily used in Bioinformatics? [closed]

What is it about Perl that makes it so useful in Bioinformatics ? Why isn't C++ or Matlab or Python the big language?
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Is dynamic language always interpreted?

Looking at most (if not all) dynamic languages [i.e Python, PHP, Perl and Ruby], they are all interpreted. Correct me if I'm wrong. Is there any example of dynamic language that goes through ...
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Java API vs. Other APIs [closed]

I'm more at the novice end of the software developer spectrum, but nevertheless I've had exposure to quite a few programming languages and frameworks. From all the technologies I've used, I haven't ...
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What language to use for prototyping and creating quick scripts? [closed]

Right now, I use Python for my quick scripts and prototypes (e.g. algorithms, my pseudocode is very Python-like as well). The oher languages that I am familiar with include Java, C, x86 Assembly and ...
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Why does the Perl community have such a bad reputation? [closed]

I'm still fairly new to programming. I spend most of my time in Ruby, and I'm discovering a certain fondness for playing with regular expressions. That being said, I'm considering taking a look at ...
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Is there any good reason for someone who knows Python to learn Perl? [closed]

Reading the answers to Python vs. Perl in ten years time here on SE, most people seem to say go with Python. I agree (sorry Perl fans ;-) ). I already know Python, and I think it is a very good ...
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Is C a regular language?

Are C or C++ regular languages? If not, under which category do we place the programming languages like C/C++, perl, Python?
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Should a .NET, JavaScript and SQL Web App developer learn Perl?

I'm a front and backend .NET web developer (most solutions use MS SQL Server) and I won't be using any non-MS solutions for a while. Will Perl be useful for situations that require scripting in an MS ...
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Is there any reason to use C++ instead of C, Perl, Python, etc.? [closed]

As a Linux (server side) developer, I don't know where and why should I use C++. When I'm going for performance, the first and last choice is C. When "performance" isn't the main issue, programming ...
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What makes Python more used as an implementation language than the others?

Perl and Python are often compared to each other (let's not forget Ruby), and almost always those discussions will come to the conclusion pretty much anything you can do in one or the other. Without ...
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Should a newcomer to Perl learn both Perl 5 and 6? [closed]

I have started playing around with Perl 5 lately, and it seems very interesting. I would like to spend some time learning it more in depth when I can. My question, since Perl 6 is slowly taking place ...
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Which back-end web programming language to use [closed]

I have a project where I will be collaborating to build a fairly simple site with some database access. I will be doing the back-end work, and my colleague will be doing the web design. The problem is ...
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How is the development of languages like Python and Perl funded? [closed]

The title pretty much gives you the gist of the question, but allow me elaborate a bit nevertheless. Apart from Google's involvement on Python, and Activestate's on Perl development (Strawberry AFAIK ...
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Why such popularity with Python? [closed]

Other than being annoyed at whitespace as syntax, I'm not a hater, I just don't get the fascination with Python. I appreciate the poetry of Perl, and have programmed beautiful web services in bash ...