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Perl vs Ruby: What are the differences?

Developers describe Perl 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. On the other hand, Ruby is detailed as "A dynamic, interpreted, open source programming language with a focus on simplicity and productivity". 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.

Perl and Ruby can be categorized as "Languages" tools.

"Lots of libraries", "Open source" and "Text processing" are the key factors why developers consider Perl; whereas "Programme friendly", "Quick to develop" and "Great community" are the primary reasons why Ruby is favored.

Perl and Ruby are both open source tools. It seems that Ruby with 15.9K GitHub stars and 4.25K forks on GitHub has more adoption than Perl with 435 GitHub stars and 152 GitHub forks.

Airbnb, Square, and Codecademy are some of the popular companies that use Ruby, whereas Perl is used by Tilt, DuckDuckGo, and Twilio SendGrid. Ruby has a broader approval, being mentioned in 2530 company stacks & 1140 developers stacks; compared to Perl, which is listed in 133 company stacks and 64 developer stacks.

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.

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.

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Founder at Pouch
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I taught myself Ruby about a year ago. I had experience with HTML/CSS, MySQL, and a little bit of javascript and python but would consider this my first true programming language I became proficient in (later picked up Swift).

I started with a CodeAcademy course before working on my first Rails project. The language is easy to read and Rails is an amazing framework. The online community is fantastic, the documentation is amazing, and there is no shortage of Ruby Gems which allows you to quickly "cobble" together a new project.

How developers use Perl and Ruby
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StackShare uses RubyRuby

Only thing worth noting here is that we saw some major issues with memory swapping on Heroku with Ruby 2.1.2. We weren’t the only ones. So we actually reverted back to 2.0.0. Here’s what happened: reverting. We’re planning to upgrade to 2.1.4 once we’ve had time to test thoroughly.

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benyomin uses RubyRuby

When we are comparing Turing complete languages it's not about what compiles faster or to the cleanest machine code, it's about what the developer can think in and write faster, including the availability of libraries. A couple of times I wrote some ruby scripts for this project. I just like the language best for some things. Love the syntax.

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SaberEsPoder uses RubyRuby

We are primarily a Ruby shop; our main apps are running on Ruby + Rails, our Slack bot is written in Ruby and our smaller projects are on Sinatra. It makes it really easy for us to re-use code and switch between different projects since they are all on the same language.

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Tim Lucas uses RubyRuby

Because happiness. Testing via RSpec (mostly model and request specs), Factory Girl for fixtures, VCR for testing API responses, timecop, Redcarpet for Markdown rendering, Intercom gem for posting events.

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Karma uses RubyRuby

Most of our services are written in Ruby. We started out as a Ruby shop, but we're slowly also moving some stuff to Go. We're using Go more and more these days, actually, including some backend services.

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Perljobs.Ru uses PerlPerl

The whole backend part (deployment and other scripts, business logic, web interface) is written in Perl.

Весь бэкенд (скрипты деплоя и прочие, бизнес-логика, веб-интерфейс) написан на Perl.

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John Galbraith uses PerlPerl

I use Perl to rip through log files and compare them to some signature files I have created. When I get a match, it adds the bad guy to the list of shame in MySQL.

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Alexander Karelas uses PerlPerl

A very expressive language, lets you say the same thing in many different ways

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rapt.fm uses PerlPerl

We use perl with rex to control our distributed systems.

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ssshake uses PerlPerl

I use perl on some legacy applications.

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