[Israel.pm] Is there a lack of (good) Perl programmers?

Peter Gordon peter at pg-consultants.com
Mon Mar 12 07:01:54 PDT 2007

There is also wxWidgets which displays native widgets. Using
DialogBlocks to create an xrc file, you can split the GUI part
completely from the implementation. wxWidgets uses Windows for Windows
and GTK for Linux/Unix, so that the user gets the appropriate look and

It would be nice if ActiveState distributed the ppms for Windows, but
they don't. On the other hand, the ppms are available on the net.


On Mon, 2007-03-12 at 15:29 +0200, Felix Liberman wrote:
> Well, if you started GUI sub-topic :-) let me introduce latest version
> of VPTK - WYSIWYG tool for Perl/Tk code generation. It's available on
> CPAN (http://search.cpan.org/~felixl/vptk_w_2_38b) and already got
> good feedbacks.
> I can't pretend that this is an ideal solution for GUI development in
> Perl, but could be a good 'starter' for inexperienced developer.
> On 3/12/07, perl-request at perl.org.il <perl-request at perl.org.il> wrote:
> > Date: Sun, 11 Mar 2007 21:38:56 +0200
> > From: "Offer Kaye" <offer.kaye at gmail.com>
> > Subject: Re: [Israel.pm] Is there a lack of (good) Perl programmers?
> > To: "Perl in Israel" <perl at perl.org.il>
> > Message-ID:
> >         <5694250703111238r7e1e52d6ld745be123c51f4e2 at mail.gmail.com>
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> >
> > This seems to have been turned into a thread about the relative
> > (compared to other languages) usefulness of Perl in the workplace.
> > >From my experience in Zoran and what I heard from friends in other
> > "Semiconductor" companies (Intel, Marvel), Perl is very much alive and
> > used in our industry, thank you very much :) There are rarely if ever
> > any competitors for writing tools/scripts, except for Tcl*.
> >
> > It's just that not being software companies, these places rarely if
> > ever look for Perl programmers, as such. Instead they look, when they
> > need people to support the Perl tools, for people with knowledge in
> > the related VLSI/hardware field *and* knowledge of Perl, or they teach
> > him/her Perl from scratch. I feel this is a shame as usually the Perl
> > code written tends to be of "beginner" quality - not always bad, just
> > not high quality, certainly not easy to extend to large
> > projects/teams. In addition there is little expenditure of resources
> > on Perl  itself (IDEs, books, updated versions), so Perl remains a
> > 'side project' of a few dedicated individuals...
> > Note that all of the above is my highly subjective and personal
> > experience or stuff I've heard - people from other companies may have
> > totally different experience or knowledge.
> >
> > One area where I feel Perl is lacking compared to Java or C++ is
> > writing GUIs. Perl GUIs are usually (almost always) written in
> > Perl/Tk, especially as Tk comes installed with ActivePerl. Frankly
> > Perl/Tk is butt-ugly (at least in a Motif based desktop such as the
> > one we use - YMMV), lacks modern features and widgets and is therefore
> > not appealing for most GUI tasks except for very simple ones.
> > Perl bindings to other toolkits (GTK+, QT, WxWidgets) are difficult
> > for beginners to master, badly documented, lack examples and are
> > practically impossible to install in the workplace since you need the
> > relevant header files and those are not always installed...
> > A self contained Perl module with no outside library dependencies and
> > advanced GUI features and look is probably a pipe-dream, considering
> > the amount of work that goes into such a toolkit such as Swing, GTK+
> > or QT. But this is what Java and C++ have and where I feel Perl is
> > lacking. With a really good GUI widget toolkit, I think Perl would be
> > much more interesting for companies and individuals used to today's
> > GUI-intensive environment.
> >
> > * Tcl was pushed as the default interface language of the two largest
> > EDA companies, Synopsys and Cadence. The users - hardware companies -
> > are slowly but surely following, as really they have little choice.
> >
> > Just my 2cents worth,
> > --
> > Offer Kaye
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