Perl publishing and attracting new developers
gvimrc at gmail.com
Wed Sep 18 13:14:54 BST 2013
I don't mean to troll. In fact, to quote Stevan Little, "I totally
asshat Perl" :) but when I saw this today:
... I couldn't help thinking Perl is getting left behind.
A contributing factor seems to be the narrow range of Perl books
published in recent years despite the Modern Perl renaissance. If you
look at the number of Ruby/Rails/Sinatra and Python books published in
the last 5 years compared with Perl the contrast is stark. There are
stacks of Ruby and Rails books covering very specialised applications.
Perl books, by contrast, tend to be just general tomes - Perl Best
Practices, Programming Perl, Modern Perl, Pro Perl etc. We have one
decent web framework book on Catalyst by Apress, if you discount the
first effort by Packt, compared with stacks of Rails and Sinatra books.
Take a look at these new, vibrant publishing companies:
Not a single Perl title. Surely Moose, Mojolicious or Dancer would have
been a candidate?
Something's gone wrong. Is it that publishers are not interested in
publishing Perl books or that Perl authors aren't writing about
interesting and specific applications of Perl?
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