The Differences Between Python, Perl And TCL

by HSG on Nov 11, 2012 in Python Tutorial

As developers we are overwhelmed with the number of language choices made available to us. It wasn't so long ago that C and it's object oriented sibling C++ where the mainstay of any programmer. Now though we have languages which make certain tasks so easy and simple that we simply cannot afford to ignore them.

 

In this article we are going to look at the overall differences between Python, Perl and TCL. All formidable and worthy in their own right, but each one has been designed to suit a specific programming need.

 

1)– Perl is the most mature out of the three languages we are looking at in this article. It was originally designed for processing textual data, and it does so extremely well. Of course Perl has grown over time and can be used for a multitude of different programming scenarios.

 

It can of course work on text based data extremely proficiently as stated above, but it is also well known for being a great language for web development too. Although in that sense, PHP still sits as the language of choice for most web development tasks.

 

2)- Next up is TCL. Not exactly a young upstart by any stretch of the imagination, this programming language has been falling in and out of favour with developers for a number of years. One thing to keep in mind with Tcl (pronounced as tickle) is that it was never designed to be a general purpose programming language unlike Perl and Python.

 

That isn't to say that the language isn't as useful as the other two it is being compared against. However its creators saw it as more of a glue language, which means it would be used to create small scripts which tie together the other pieces of the application which in-turn would be coded in a more powerful language such as C.

 

3)- Python is the last of our trio and is without a doubt the youngest in this comparison. The popularity of Python continues to grow as its sheer ease of use and power has put it firmly on the radar of developers who would rather spend an hour coding out a solution to a problem rather than the days it may take in other languages.

 

Designed more as a general purpose language, it does have a number of frameworks available which allow it to be used for web development. Python also has a number of features which make everyday programming tasks such as sending emails or processing text documents incredibly easy.

 

The final point, and probably the most important one, is that if you choose to program in Python you will smile a lot. Why? Because out of the three languages being compared here, it manages to make programming fun, even when you are dealing with a complex task.

 

So that brings this comparison to an end. Hopefully it will help you decide which programming language you want to learn and work with.

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