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By Mike Prestwood

Perl versus PHP: A side by side comparison between Perl and PHP.

 
Language Details
 

Language Details is kind of a catch all for stuff that didn't make it into language basics nor any other category.

Custom Routines

[Other Languages] 

Languages Focus

For non-OOP languages, a custom routine is a function, procedure, or subroutine and for pure OOP languages, a custom routine is a class method. Hybrid languages (both non-OOP and OOP) combine both.

Perl:   sub

Perl uses subs and parameters are referenced in a special array. All arguments passed to a subroutine are stored in a special @_ array. To retrieve the arguments, you have to look inside the array and extract them.

Syntax Example:
sub sayHello {
 my ($pName) = $_[0];
 print("Hello $pName!");
}
sub add {
 my ($p1) = $_[0];
 my ($p2) = $_[1];
 return $p1 + $p2;
}
PHP:  "Custom Function" function

PHP uses functions and loosely typed parameters. Function definitions can come before or after their usage so my preference when mixing PHP in with a mostly HTML page is to put the functions after the </html> tag.

Syntax Example:
function sayHello($pName) {
 echo "Hello " . $pName . "<br>";
}
 
function add($p1, $p2) {
 return $p1 + $p2;
}




Overloading

[Other Languages] 

Types of overloading include method overloading and operator overloading.

Method Overloading is where different functions with the same name are invoked based on the data types of the parameters passed or the number of parameters. Method overloading is a type of polymorphism and is also known as Parametric Polymorphism.

Operater Overloading allows an operator to behave differently based on the types of values used. For example, in some languages the + operator is used both to add numbers and to concatenate strings. Custom operator overloading is sometimes referred to as ad-hoc polymorphism.

Perl: 

Perl

  • Operator - Yes
  • Method -
PHP: 

PHP

  • Operator - No.
  • Method -
Syntax Example:

 





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