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Re^2: The future of Perl?

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Nov 06, 2014 at 05:00 UTC ( #1106313=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: The future of Perl?
in thread The future of Perl?

I would say:

  • Perl hasn't had a vibrant community for the last 3 or even 5 years.

    The last time it felt vibrant to me was when the PUGS project was running.

  • In the last 10 years there have been 5 major shifts in the software/IT ecosystem:
    • The first was truly large-scale web serving.
    • The second was hadoop.
    • The third multi-core hardware.
    • The fourth was the smartphone/tablet ecosystem.
    • The fifth is the cloud.

    Perl has no presence in any of these technologies; and each of them supplants or marginalises technologies where Perl did have a presence. In each case, where there were existing Perl projects, they have been replaced entirely by completely new code in other languages.

    Not (necessarily) because the new language was better then Perl; but because Perl simply wasn't available.

    Any existing Perl code does not need maintenance, because it is just gone.In what few small niches it still persists; it won't last for long. Certainly not 10 years; maybe 5.

  • Agreed.
  • Agreed.

With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
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Re^3: The future of Perl?
by morgon (Priest) on Nov 06, 2014 at 14:13 UTC
    You seem to have a very strict definition of "vibrant".

    The way I look at it:

    - Perl is still maintained
    - CPAN still grows
    - sites like this still exist
    - books about Perl are still written
    - conferences are regularly held

    For my rather modest requirements that is "vibrant" - and I expect that to continue for some time...

    And there is still Perl-code around that I expect will still last for a long time, simply because rewriting that would mean reverse-engineering a lot of very old and poorly documented code which nobody wants to do. But true - those are only some niches.

    So yes - depressingly the "future" seems to be rather bleak...

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