[Novalug] Perl - PHP or religious wars?
plarsen at famlarsen.homelinux.com
Mon Mar 7 16:20:32 EST 2011
On Sun, 2011-03-06 at 13:01 -0500, Bonnie Dalzell wrote:
> At this point it is aimed at being open source and cross platform but of
> course people on windoze might wish to run it. it seems to me that open
> source cross platform is pretty doable on Linux, MAC and even the old
> Amiga platform but I have not tried to do anything with windoze
> since 2000 so I am ignorant in that area.
Why not consider Java then? You'll have plenty of tools at hand for data
access, presentation, security etc. You can even have a stand-alone and
a web-based version if you are still aiming for that.
> I aim for two versions - standalone on local computer and web version.
> Right now - 'cause of the great help from people like you [thankyou
> thankyou]- it has the MySQL database engine at the base of it and MySQL
> deploys to many platforms - so it is the front end I am most concerned
> I do not currently program in C ....
Java and C++ look alike in many aspects. Perl and Java are on the other
hand quite different. While Perl has a OO aspect added to it in later
versions, I've yet to really see any programs in Perl that used it for
more than just a single library.
> One of the big problems in a large pedigree file is avoiding making a
> duplicate entry for an animal because of inaccuracies in data sources
> (dog show catalogs, studbooks, other people's pedigrees, etc).
This is actually a problem in a lot of data centric solutions. A
slightly different spelling and users happy start all over instead of
doing a bit of due-diligence. Regardless of programming language, you'll
have to create some code to help find/locate similar spelled entries
I think we once had an email exchange where I showed you how that could
be done in some aspects (SOUNDEX).
> I had the
> opprotunity to speak with someone who runs a big database for a
> government agency who told me that routines for helping to confirm
> identity are a big part of homeland security checks so this is not
> just a side problem for pet pedigree databases.
:D Exactly. Big and small - getting pure/correct data is a tough cookie.
So rest a sure you're not alone.
> I found this interesting
> > If yes, then despite receiving multiple replies, your correspondents
> > claim was not addressed. How do those admins with windows experience
> > feel about the availability/support of perl and php on windows servers?
Properly the same way they feel about any other language. I doubt most
admins care about the languages available. There are of course those who
thinks that unless the software comes from MS on Windows it shouldn't be
installed. It's my experience that they do not last too long since it's
the solution that counts; not how you got there.
At least Java is a more accepted way and you have certified installation
options with Java. Not sure about Perl - but I doubt they have been
certified by MS or other vendors for the platform it runs on.
Peter Larsen <plarsen at famlarsen.homelinux.com>
-------------- next part --------------
A non-text attachment was scrubbed...
Name: not available
Size: 198 bytes
Desc: This is a digitally signed message part
Url : http://calypso.tux.org/pipermail/novalug/attachments/20110307/3878efe0/attachment.bin
More information about the Novalug