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Discussion on: Right tool for the job, but chances are the right tool is Perl.

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Matthew D. Miller Author

Although Perl is in the title, this post was more about programming in general. I too am sad Perl seems to be becoming less and less relevant. I may follow this post up with a post where I advocate for Perl and give reasons why someone should consider Perl in 2019.

I'm fortunate that since I work as a DBA instead of as a developer, most of the coding I do are scripts and tools used just by me to automate database and system administration tasks. My work doesn't really care what language I write them in. I could probably write them all in Smalltalk if I wanted. I manage databases on both Solaris and Linux servers, and Perl can be found on both, which makes Perl a natural choice if you ask me.