Grokbase Groups Perl ai May 2001

Lee Goddard wrote:
if you can do it in Perl, you can do it in C,
Unfortunately, not true. Perl is a very dynamic language,
on the order of Lisp. That makes it capable of things
compiled languages can't do. There is no "eval" in C.

Of course, these languages are Turing-equivalent, so you
really could do "eval" in C if you really, REALLY wanted
to. But no one wants to bad enough to actually do it. :-)

and as the compiled C
is not interpreted, and can be better optimised, it's usually faster.
Yes. For the things that *can* be done in C, they will usually
be faster. The major downside is the horrendous *programmer*
inefficiency of writing in C instead of a high-level language
like Perl!

John Porter

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