Clojure vs Perl: What are the differences?
Developers describe Clojure as "A dynamic programming language that targets the Java Virtual Machine". Clojure is designed to be a general-purpose language, combining the approachability and interactive development of a scripting language with an efficient and robust infrastructure for multithreaded programming. Clojure is a compiled language - it compiles directly to JVM bytecode, yet remains completely dynamic. Clojure is a dialect of Lisp, and shares with Lisp the code-as-data philosophy and a powerful macro system. On the other hand, Perl is detailed as "Highly capable, feature-rich programming language with over 26 years of development". Perl is a general-purpose programming language originally developed for text manipulation and now used for a wide range of tasks including system administration, web development, network programming, GUI development, and more.
Clojure and Perl can be categorized as "Languages" tools.
"It is a lisp", "Concise syntax" and "Persistent data structures" are the key factors why developers consider Clojure; whereas "Lots of libraries", "Open source" and "Text processing" are the primary reasons why Perl is favored.
Clojure and Perl are both open source tools. Clojure with 7.85K GitHub stars and 1.25K forks on GitHub appears to be more popular than Perl with 435 GitHub stars and 152 GitHub forks.
According to the StackShare community, Perl has a broader approval, being mentioned in 133 company stacks & 64 developers stacks; compared to Clojure, which is listed in 95 company stacks and 80 developer stacks.
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