Visual Basic vs. Perl for Scripting

Subject: Visual Basic vs. Perl for Scripting
From: Edward Savitz <sg94cshj -at- DUNX1 -dot- OCS -dot- DREXEL -dot- EDU>
Date: Sat, 26 Oct 1996 14:02:30 -0400

There were a couple questions about scripting using Perl vs. Visual Basic
that I read from members.
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I am far from an expert user in Common Gateway Interfaces using Perl,
but I have taught Visual Basic for a few years and know of its wildfire
expansion in scripting for hypermedia, as well as other Microsoft
application not directly related to authoring (Word, Excel, Access, etc.)
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My gut feeling is that Visual Basic and its offspring (Visual J++ and the
like) will overtake the hyperauthoring market unless a powerful
feature-filled competitor overtakes it <not likely, IMHO>.
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Another plus in learning the Monopoly's (MS) languages is that the
documentation is abundant albeit not always user-friendly to
non-computer-literate literati. Also, there is a ton of freeware and
shareware Visual Basic source code out there for scripting and straight
coding. They are good starting points for up-and-coming hypermedia
designers.
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Ed


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