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Comment: Re:Post the IP address (Score 1) 765

by greerga (#32883576) Attached to: Retrieving a Stolen Laptop By IP Address Alone?

There's no guarantee they're in the city of Cincinnati. Colerain Township, Whitewater Township, Crosby Township, Harrison Township, and the city of Harrison (just to name a few) are all between Cincinnati and the Ohio border with Indiana.

Since you said Indiana, I'm guessing you're living in College Corner up near Oxford, OH which adds a lot of Butler County to the mix.

Er... Good luck.

Comment: Re:Perl has died in industry. (Score 1) 235

by greerga (#29628613) Attached to: Perl 5.11.0 Released

For software of any appreciable size, Perl has unfortunately died in industry. People just aren't using it for anything more than 10-line throwaway scripts.

I'm in industry at my day job and rumors of its demise are greatly exaggerated.

Perl 6 was something those of us in industry had been anticipating with glee. We expected it to modernize the Perl platform, and make it a contender against Java, .NET and C++ for large-scale software development. But we also expected we'd have that around 2005. It's nearly 2010, and we still don't see much real progress on that front. Rakudo just isn't a production-grade product yet.

I'm sad to admit it, but instead of waiting for incremental Perl 5 releases for the next decade until Perl 6 is finally mature enough, the company I'm with has started to migrate from Perl to Python. Unlike the Perl community, the Python community has shown with Python 3 that they're capable of working together to create a major release with many new features in a relatively short amount of time (especially compared to the Perl 6 effort).

Rewriting our approximately 3 million lines of Perl code into Python has actually gone reasonably well. Although I was a staunch defender of Perl, I do have to give Python its kudos. Every day it looks more and more like we've made the right choice moving away from Perl, and towards Python.

Often times the effort of rewriting something is where you get your gains, regardless of which language you're doing it in (even the original). Learning from past mistakes, being more efficient, and adapting to new needs are all useful. You may have had the same gains from using PHP, depending on what you're liking.

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