Better Perl

Jonathan Tweed jonathan at
Fri Apr 4 00:35:31 BST 2008

On 3 Apr 2008, at 16:57, Abigail wrote:

> On Thu, Apr 03, 2008 at 05:19:18PM +0200, Zbigniew Lukasiak wrote:
>> My thinking was following: We need other people to use Perl (positive
>> externality and all that) - and it looks that Perl does not attract
>> any new developers (nor any new startups).  To counter that trend we
>> need some new excitement in Perl.
> I've heard people saying that for over 10 years.

Right, because that means it'll be true for another ten years.

> Perl still isn't dead, it's still kicking, and it will be around  
> for a while.

Just like COBOL.

> Furthermore, I do not believe a language needs a "killer application",
> nor a myriad of shops using said language as their main programming
> language. Neither duct tape, nor post-it notes have a "killer  
> application",
> nor are the products consisting mostly of duct tape or post-it notes.
> But noone is afraid those products are "dying".

True, but that doesn't mean people are betting their businesses on  
them. Does that mean Perl is only useful for gluing things together,  
not building core systems?


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