So there is a thread on PerlMonks talking about how to bring the excitement back to Perl. Which is something I’ve been thinking about a while myself. Stevan chimed in with his own analysis of Perl vs PHP and Ruby spot on which is as far as I can tell accurate. However it doesn’t really talk about how exciting Perl is, and how to explain that to others. chromatic said it best
Step one: do something you think is cool with Perl.
Step two: get a weblog and post about the results of step one.
Step three: make sure that Google and Technorati and other aggregators index your post.
Step four: repeat.
Which is exactly right. Write code, publish apps people want to use, then talk about how Perl solved the problem in a public forum.