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Re: Perl in Stack Overflow 2020 Survey

by sundialsvc4 (Abbot)
on May 30, 2020 at 21:27 UTC ( #11117515=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl in Stack Overflow 2020 Survey

As I begin to sharpen my pencils regarding a new-to-me IBM VS/COBOL project ... first initiated over thirty years ago and still very much in-service today ... I feel absolutely certain in saying that “programming-language popularity contests” simply do not matter.   Do not bother with them.

I added several additional paragraphs to this comment, but have since deleted them.   All of us make our living every day using a variety of industrial strength software tools, some old, some new.   It need not be said that (Perl | insert-tool-name) here is one of them and always will be.   Using these battle-tested tools ... always, a variety of them ... we move the freight for our clients and employers.

As you enjoy your heady-moment-of-decision in the beginnings of your brand-new-project ... as all of your predecessors over time have done ... “guess what!!”   But please, don’t feel too bad about it:   you took the technology that was available to you at the time, and you architected the best and most future-proof solution that you could.   So did do we.   Welcome to the business.   As technology and possibilities still(!) create an ever-shifting platform beneath our feet, somehow, we deliver.

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Re^2: Perl in Stack Overflow 2020 Survey
by stonecolddevin (Parson) on Jun 01, 2020 at 22:17 UTC
      Actually, it's right in there in his post, if you trim the excess fat away from the meat:

      I feel absolutely certain in saying that “programming-language popularity contests” simply do not matter. Do not bother with them.

        Except this wasn’t a popularity contest. This was a survey of active professional programmers and probably the biggest one anyone has ever conducted given the growth of the SO community. So even the single nugget of near sanity you mined from that study of experimental laxative output was misguided, misplaced, misinformed.

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