Perl vs. C for bioinformatics -> Java

Joseph J. Strout jstrout at ucsd.edu
Fri Feb 27 19:02:20 EST 1998


In article <6d4et6$4da$1 at flotsam.uits.indiana.edu>,
gilbertd at bio.indiana.edu (Don Gilbert) wrote:

>*       Java portability (multi-platform) is the best available

Untrue.  Its quasi-portability means that a program that works just fine on
one platform frequently crashes on another.  Even within the same platform,
it may work with one JVM (Java Virtual Machine) but not another.  Python,
Perl, and even C is far more portable in practice.

Of course, as Java matures, it may eventually live up to its claims.

>ps. Perl currently has better string matching & manipulation
>functions than I've seen in Java.

True.  But Python has these as well, and is MUCH easier to learn, read, and
use than Perl.

Cheers,
-- Joe

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