Perl vs Python – Which is Better?

Perl and Python are coding languages you’ve likely heard of. Especially if you already work as a coder or programmer, you are at least familiar with the terms. But, in the great Perl vs. Python – which is better? The debate, you probably want to know which of the two programs will aid you in your specific career path or field. So, let’s take a look at each, how they differ, and which is right for you.

Perl –
This language is dated. It is an older coding language (around in the 1990s), so it is not as recent as Python. This in and of itself puts it at a disadvantage. However, it is easy to use, easy to learn, and fairly basic in the world of coding. So, if you are just getting started, it might be the route you go as a programmer/coder.  There are no constraints with Perl, which is a nice feature for those who don’t want limitations to coding language. Perl gives way too much leverage (which is a reason Python was introduced), but if you understand the language, you can do wonders in the world of coding with it.

Python –
As a response to Perl, many consider Python to be “Perl on training wheels.” It has JVM interoperability, you can work with Java objects, it has a gentle learning curve (beginners/novice coders can learn it quickly), and Python has the largest online community. If you have a question or concern, there is someone there who can respond, and guide you through your problems.

It is great for one-liners, and Linux commands. There is a complex package you can purchase with Python, providing variables which make it even easier to use. It is not as verbose as other languages, is easy to write, and easy to incorporate into any office/business setting for programming.

The debate is one which is often and will continue to be debated by coders and programmers going forward. If you prefer simplicity, ease of use, and navigability, Python may be the way to go. Further, if you want newer, Python is it. On the flip side, Perl is more robust, is basic, and there are no constraints in place. If you like freedom of mobility, this might be the route for you to choose.

Regardless of the programming tools used, when coding, you want something that you understand. These are a few differences with each, to help you choose whether to go with Perl or Python for your coding needs.