Originally posted on A Curious Programmer:
I wouldn’t get into google (their interviews don’t select for my brand of genius). But that’s fine as I wouldn’t be able to write perl there anyway.
I was trying to think of a few reasons why Google would have chosen Python over Perl as their primary scripting language. A number of the ones I came up with are less relevant than they used to be.
Python integrates better with C++
Boost.Python promises seamless interoperability between the two languages. It has been a while since I’ve been tempted to embed a scripting language in my C++ apps so I’m not sure what the counterpart is in Perl if any.
Back in the day, these were better than the Perl offering. More recently, on Unix at least; with Coro, AnyEvent, Twisted, etc. it’s a wash.
A few years ago, the various Perl Windows implementations were not…
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