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Sunday May 16, 2010
04:19 AM

How many Perl developers are there in the world?

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I'd like to have a rough estimation of the number for a talk.

First, my own educated guess. We have:

  1. ~4800 active CPAN authors (from here).
  2. 1% to 5% of Perl developers release code to CPAN (my own evidence from working in big and small companies).

This gets us (optimistically) ~500000 Perl developers in the world.

Then I did some research^H^H googling:

What numbers can you come with?

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  • You can also base the estimation on a number of people took part in the Perl survey a few years ago; there were about 4000 responses.

    Your numbers resemble the 80/20 rule of the mass of black matter in the Univers. There are 4000..5000 visible Perl people, and they should be 20% of the total :-)

  • s/resemble/don't resemble/;