Thursday, January 10, 2008

Into Perl ...

I'm on a journey to master Perl by the end of this month. As it turns out, this powerful scripting language is being positioned at work as THE scripting language for the automation framework. All test tools will need to be written or re-written for compatibility with a new test/automation framework based on Perl.
So far, learning Perl is a walk in the park. I can certainly see a lot of relation to existing programming languages Java and C++, with a zing of more useful features. For being an interpreted language (you need to install an interpreter on Windows, Linux comes standard with one), it is efficiently fast. I like how it "has no limits but your system" and how "there's always more than one way to do things". It can get confusing sometimes, but if you just stick with a few ways, you will get by just fine. My methodology is formed from experience as a Java programmer, so I use syntax that resembles Java as much as I can.
My biggest hope for Perl is that I should be able to use it in my own testing - when I do development work for Strive, Ltd. I am developing a Javascript test framework for webapps I develop, but I can see now how Perl would greatly augment this package. It'll be interesting to learn to integrate it in my Java development and deployment policies.
The best part of it all: I can learn this language for free. There are so many good tutorials and even free ebooks online that I wonder if stores can still sell actual books at all!

1 comment:

Randal L. Schwartz said...

If you haven't seen "Learning Perl" and "intermediate Perl" yet, many people say that they are the best books to use for learning Perl. I'm a bit biased, being the author, but I'd have to agree. :)