Python vs. Ruby vs. Perl

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What is Python?

Python is a general purpose programming language created by Guido Van Rossum. Python is most praised for its elegant syntax and readable code, if you are just beginning your programming career python suits you best.

What is Ruby?

Ruby is a language of careful balance. Its creator, Yukihiro “Matz” Matsumoto, blended parts of his favorite languages (Perl, Smalltalk, Eiffel, Ada, and Lisp) to form a new language that balanced functional programming with imperative programming.

What is Perl?

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.
Why do developers choose Python?
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Why do developers choose Ruby?
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Why do developers choose Perl?
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What are the cons of using Ruby?
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What are the cons of using Perl?
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What companies use Python?
3497 companies on StackShare use Python
What companies use Ruby?
3014 companies on StackShare use Ruby
What companies use Perl?
167 companies on StackShare use Perl
What tools integrate with Python?
91 tools on StackShare integrate with Python
What tools integrate with Ruby?
77 tools on StackShare integrate with Ruby
What tools integrate with Perl?
10 tools on StackShare integrate with Perl

What are some alternatives to Python, Ruby, and Perl?

  • JavaScript - Lightweight, interpreted, object-oriented language with first-class functions
  • PHP - A popular general-purpose scripting language that is especially suited to web development
  • HTML5 - 5th major revision of the core language of the World Wide Web
  • Java - A concurrent, class-based, object-oriented, language specifically designed to have as few implementation dependencies as possible

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