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.
With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.
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