In a recent use Perl; discussion about Matt Sergeant’s recent ORN/Perl.com article about qpsmtpd, the pure-Perl SMTP server, Bart Lateur pointed out that one buried sentence serves as a great Perl success story:
As an example of the scalability of qpsmtpd, the apache.org mail servers currently process more than 2 million emails a day on their primary MX, rejecting more than 80 percent of it as junk — all thanks to the power and flexibility of qpsmtpd.
That’s, on average, 23 messages per second. Go qpsmtpd. Go Perl.
Do you /really/ need to write your next network daemon in C?