paulm at paulm.com
Fri Apr 11 19:16:17 BST 2008
On Fri, Apr 11, 2008 at 4:24 PM, Jonathan Peterson
<JPeterson at bmjgroup.com> wrote:
> > Paul Makepeace wrote:
> > > On 4/7/08, David Cantrell <david at cantrell.org.uk> wrote:
> > >>
> > >>> Any perl businesses with multi-<s>billion</s> million, even,
> > dollar valuations?
> > >> >
> > >> > Morgan Stanley doesn't count :-)
> FWIW, I had a chat with my local tame recruitment agent. His view of the
> world was:
> Python - little or no demand, only had one python job in the last month
Interesting to see how/if that changes.
> Ruby - small but growing noticeably, had 4-5 in the last month
> PHP - big and growing fast, and has had several 'good' (his words) Java
> devs switch to PHP recently. Some large outfits now actively recruiting
> 'real' programmers and asking them to use PHP.
Hardly a surprise, it's a great choice for writing web apps. It gets
the job done. Sure, it's not pretty, and in some places is downright
ugly but it gets the job done like _no_ other language: simplicity &
ease of deployment.
I see a lot of parallels between PHP and MySQL - attracts plenty of
scorn from the ivory towers while getting on with the job of powering
most of the web and making its users a metric fkton of $$. Also like
MySQL in that it gradually morphed into a pretty decent product that
the ivory towers are grudgingly running out of reasons to criticise
(presumably while still debating how to get their dusty PostgreSQL
instance to actually replicate...)
> Java - big and static, waiting to see what effect the (highly probable)
> city layoffs will have in a month or two's time.
> Perl - small and static (4-5 / month), still used by a small number of
> very big companies, who seem to account for most of it.
Seems that way here.
> This sample is from one of the big 5 agencies, but only the north-central
> London area, which is heavily dominated by publishing and (traditional)
> media companies.
> Make of it what you will. Most interesting I thought was his belief that
> people who previously would have written off PHP were now attempting to
> use it, but to use it like a proper language.
> My recent playing with Ruby came to griding halt whan I noticed it STILL
> didn't do unicode. Also, if you look at Ruby's Net::SMTP and Perl's
> Net::SMTP Perl's is just so much nicer - better documentation, better
> designed, does more stuff. It really shows what an extra decade of
> maturity means.
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