Re: Why exactly is Perl any worse than Python? : About efficiency.
C is efficient as far as the machine is concerned. As far as the developer's time, though?
Back in the early 1990s I had a look at Perl 4, and discovered that, no, I did not have to fool with flex and bison to handle regular expressions--I could write
if (/whate+ver, du+de/)
And I could use "unpack" to parse funky minicomputer logfiles--could I have done it in C? Eventually? Would it have been faster? Sure. But parsing the logfiles with Perl on a SparcStation was vastly faster than using the vendor's log-reading program on the mini.