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Re: The future of Perl?

by flexvault (Monsignor)
on Nov 10, 2014 at 17:04 UTC ( #1106721=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to The future of Perl?


IMHO: Perl will only be dead when you can't move Perl to a new hardware or software platform.

Even if all development were to stop tomorrow, as long as I can take a tar backup of my favorite Perl release and compile on a new server, Perl will live.

If you count the value of Perl by how many programmers are *working* on different projects, and then calculate how productive they are at getting real work out the door, then Perl is probably in the top 5 in use.

I always generated a lot of "working" code in whatever language I was using, but with Perl, I've increased my productive many times over other languages I've worked with. YMMV.

"C" was good, but "Perl" is GREAT!!!


"Well done is better than well said." - Benjamin Franklin

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Re^2: The future of Perl?
by Your Mother (Archbishop) on Nov 10, 2014 at 18:35 UTC
    …then Perl is probably in the top 5 in use.

    I agree with this guess. I see many job ads that list Perl in the small print after the headliners Java, C, SQL, Sysadmin, QA, Python, etc. Jobs that headline Perl are rarely followed but much else besides PHP or the occasional big data or VOIP package.

    And to comment on the overall thread a bit more seriously than I did initially: Perl is doing better today reputation-wise than it was in 2005–2010 by my anecdotal experiences and the problem never had anything at all to do with Perl 6 as I have heard it. Also: MOP may come to the core, Perl 5 is faster, less buggy, and better with Unicode than all the high level interpreted languages, and depending on how you see a thing Perl has the best OO and the richest web and ORM frameworks. PSGI has normalized, unified, and revived the language that stormed the early web. These are things that keep languages alive. PHP sure isn’t surviving on its great reputation. I work primarily in Perl and have had two “greenfield” projects with it in the last five years (and JS of course being web stuff) at a Fortune 20 company. So :P

      It might be better with Unicode, but actually the last time I wanted to use it I had to go elsewhere due to its lack of support for Unicode filenames under Windows. Maybe the situation is better now, but I'm not talking about a distant past. Directory operations and Unicode

      I don't know what's the status now, nor do I give a flying rat's ass about what the heck is the situation under various flavours of Unix, but why would I use something if I can't even get it to open files?

      Enoch was right!
      Enjoy the last years of Rome.

        And I share exactly the same level of concern for your platform as you do for mine. :P Kidding! I care about the overall Perl ecosphere.

        This is actually awful. Have other high-level languages dealt with it correctly/well?

        still broken!
      This reminds me of a recent interesting blog post

        Fun. I actually know Selena Sol personally. The best comment is one I echo. Though I would say “biggest” in place of “only” perhaps–

        The only problem is missing Applications…… it is as simple as that…..

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