Better Perl

Abigail abigail at
Fri Apr 4 11:16:53 BST 2008

On Fri, Apr 04, 2008 at 12:35:31AM +0100, Jonathan Tweed wrote:
> 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?

No, I never claimed that.

All I said that Perls survival doesn't depend on whether or not people
think you can build (large) core systems with them.

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