But what is beyond forgiveable is that Perl 6 has made the market of new Perl books nonexistent. This alone assures Perl's eventual nonexistence. Why would an author want to write a Perl book that is obsolete in some fuzzy time period.
To which I replied:
We just released the 4th edition of "Learning Perl" last summer, and "Intermediate Perl" this month. We're very committed to keeping the flagship tutorial books for the Perl community up to date until Perl6 arrives. There are also a number of other Perl books in the pipeline at O'Reilly that I cannot comment on.
If other publishers are slowing down on turning out the junk that spells Perl in all-caps and promises a complete Perl education in some small number of hours or days, that's actually better for the community, not worse.