file processing... friendly banter - java shmava versus perl/php
Just been involved in a bit of technology fun-poking with a java/xml/xsl guru about something I did at the weekend:
wget'ed a load of web pages, tidy'd them to xhtml. xpath'd the content into SQL inserts and the jobs done... Bit of shell and a bit of php.
He comes along with his "xsl transformations" .. bla bla bla.. "much quicker in java" etc.
So my question is this..
If you had to process fields out of a load of files (which may or may not be xml-compliant) and had two resources available to you -
1. a great java/xsl/xml person
2. an equally great perl/shell/ programmer
On average, who would likely get there first?
Putting it another way, if you are going to scrape data out of files, which technology set of those mentioned above what do the job quickest?