This is off-topic for this group so I'll just give a brief reply; I'm happy to carry on more just between the two of us...
> That being said ..... what *is* the difference between coding a website -
> major or otherwise - in an "old-fashioned" compiled language and a
> non-compiled language, except for the amount of hoursepower and memory you
> Old-fashioned doesn't mean bad, inappropriate, or inferior. It's just not the
> latest-and-greatest, however it's currently defined by the geek fashion
Our experience coding web sites with C/C++ versus Perl is about a factor of ten in productivity. We only use C/C++ for CPU-intensive calculations, such as scientific prediction code. Everything else is Perl or Java.
I recently re-coded 10,000 lines of C into 650 lines of Perl. Why? String handling, hash tables, and the simplicity of DBD/DBI. And there was no loss of performance, because the app was strictly I/O bound (that is, Postgres was I/O bound). Sure, the old app may not have been optimal, but we're talking about a factor of 15 reduction in lines of code.
That's not "geek fashion", it's good engineering. Pick the best tool for the job, and learn how to use it.
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