On Sunday 22 January 2012 01:21:42 pm Darrell Anderson wrote: > > Unless you're already good at C++, just about any other > > language is going to be faster > > to program in. Programmer time is more valuable than > > machine time these days for > > the majority of applications--and for small- to > > medium-sized programs, no one is going > > to notice the difference in execution speed between one and > > three milliseconds anyway. > > A funny thing about speed. Possibly experienced coders see a difference > whereas every day users probably do not. Yet speed is relative. Often I > have read how shell scripts are slow. From a strict theoretical and design > perspective, I am sure that is true. In certain iterative tests, I'm sure > shell scripts can be shown to be slower than other scripting languages. Yet > in my every day usage, and I have written a few long shell scripts, I don't > notice anything. I once read a person's comment that once a shell script > grows to beyond a few dozen lines that a person should move to Python or > Perl. Okay. Whatever. +1 Arch linux package manger make extensive use of bash. Have a look at makepkg mkchroot and repo-add etc. few dozen lines indeed ;) I take it they have not seen my shell scripts :) For system admin etc bash is great.