Perl is dead

James Laver james.laver at
Wed Dec 3 20:16:27 GMT 2008

On 2008-12-03 20:10, "Avleen Vig" <avleen at> wrote:
> It's a singular datapoint, but to answer the "how many python jobs..",
> I would ask "how many engineers has Google hired in London in the last
> few years?
> It's *one* job application with lots of hires, many of whom will have
> to use python at some point.
> Other companies have probably done the same.
> But I don't believe the same is true with Perl.
> Perl is fairly well entrenched. It's available everywhere. But Python
> is still growing and has a lot of headroom.
> Most people have tried Perl. The number trying Python and Ruby instead
> is growing. Fast.
> I like Python too and wish the same.
> I like that is enforces structure. I'd donate a kidney if perl could
> be made to do that.

It's not the place of a language to do that, it's a case of "Don't be an
idiot when writing code".

I've seen crappy python and other code often enough, you can't fix it inside
the language, you have to fix the programmer.


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