Pike is a dynamic programming language with a syntax similar to Java and C. It is simple to learn, does not require long compilation passes and has powerful built-in data types allowing simple and really fast data manipulation.
Pike is a general purpose programming language, which means that you can put it to use for almost any task. Its application domain spans anything from the world of the Net to the world of multimedia applications, or environments where your shell could use some spicy text processing or system administration tools. Your imagination sets the limit, but Pike will probably extend it far beyond what you previously considered within reach.
Awk is a very nice language with a very strange name. In this first article of a three-part series, Daniel Robbins will quickly get your awk programming skills up to speed. As the series progresses, more advanced topics will be covered, culminating with an advanced real-world awk application demo.
Choosing a programming language for a project is a compromise over what you what you need, what you have, what you know and what you like. This post is just my thought process when selecting the implementation language for packnback.
What we need
High performance, we will hopefully be dealing with large volumes of data.
High security, the whole purpose is to protect data from attackers.
Stability, software needs to be usable well into the future.
Simplicity, the less complicated something is, the less that can go wrong.
Popularity, this is mainly to help with marketing, libraries and community support.
High bus factor, will sudden unexpected events destroy the language prospects.