Perl is dead

Jonathan Stowe jns at
Fri Dec 5 07:28:14 GMT 2008

On Fri, 2008-12-05 at 08:06 +0100, Zbigniew Lukasiak wrote:
> On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 10:41 PM, breno <breno at> wrote:
> > On Thu, Dec 4, 2008 at 3:52 PM, Michele Beltrame <mb at> wrote:
> >>
> >> I think this simplicity of those installations derives from the fact that
> >> providers are easily able to build a php/mod_php which includes the most used
> >> things (mail functions, database access, image processing) directly into the
> >> php binary. PHP programmers only need to upload their .php files via FTP and
> >> they just work. No modules to install, it's all already there.
> >>
> >
> > I like where this might go. Although everyone in the Perl community
> > knows TIMTOWTDI, we also know that some ways are better than others.
> > Nonetheless, I believe this is not the case for people outside or just
> > entering the Perl world, specially regarding modules and a certain
> > public repository we all know and love. There's been a lot of effort
> > in providing some support for recommendation such as annocpan,
> > cpanratings, cpanrt, cpants, cpantesters, and the 'related modules'
> > box, but they are mostly see-for-yourself-and-make-your-choice. Don't
> > get me wrong, all those services are marvelous, but to Perl
> > programmers. Beginners and enthusiasts probably won't figure them out
> > ("so many options, so little time"), and web providers certainty won't
> > care much. As a suggestion that might not go anywhere (or even
> > introduce flame), maybe the community could discuss a set of
> > recommended general purpose modules for our beloved general purpose
> > language, ones we believe would cover most of the "popular Perl
> > programming". Should we turn it into a Bundle or two (CPAN-Standard,
> > CPAN-Enterprise, whatever), it'd be a lot easier for newcomers to know
> > where to look at, easier for enterprises to evaluate Perl's power, and
> > easier for everyone to deploy. As it would be sort of a "standard
> > modules installation", Michele's comment ("no modules to install, it's
> > all already there") would also apply to Perl (well, not Perl itself as
> > I'm not talking about core modules, but I hope you know what I mean).
> >
> To support this - a blog post from Alistair Cocburn:
> It is about the need for exact instructions for the beginners.   The
> problem is of course in the module choice - I don't know if there ever
> can be build a consensus about that.

There are plenty of people here who will remember "Perl 5 Enterprise
Edition" and what a great success it was at achieving almost the same


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