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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