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I am the proverbial "accidental" programmer. I have found that I really like Perl and programming so I am pursuing that route now. I am the Debian systems administrator and junior Perl programmer for a company called Inspire.

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Saturday June 03, 2006
06:43 PM

Is the Perl community atrophying?

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This was sparked by another posters comments. I thought it might be interesting to read what other Perlers think of what is happening community wise. Since I came into the Perl community for what Perl offered (and I believe still does) rather recently, I would like to know your thoughts on the subject.

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  • I'm not sure it's atrophying so much as just not exploding.

    I see new people arriving at most of the places I know of fairly regularly.

    That people come and people go is the natural order of communities, I don't see it should be any different with Perl.

    The other thing to note is that Perl has certainly moved to something more like a business language. There's a lot of people out there using Perl for work that aren't necesarily going to appear in communities.

    Then there's the fact the the community specialises
    • I just saw this thread as I posted my analysis of the folly of percentages [perl.org], that some people place a lot of value in. "Not exploding" is a good way to say it. :)

      From traveling the world teacihng Perl, I figure that only a tiny portion of the number of people who use Perl ever show up in "the Perl community", have a personal web page, or anything that we might count.

      I don't really care how big the Perl community is, as long as it is Big Enough. :)
  • I'm in a rural part of the UK and I managed to organise a two perl monger meetings in the space of a coupel of months with a pretty good turn out of about a dozen at each - many of those at both were people new to perl.

    It doesn't have the hubris of the dot-com boom or the hype of Rails, but I'm pretty feeling pretty secure in my preferred choice of language. In fact there are a lot of people crying out for perl developers in the UK. I'm looking for a new perl contractor to work with my main client because m
    --

    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • I hasten to add that we have a LUG and a Perl Mongers in devon and cornwall but I have no idea where the nearest Microsoft/Oracle/Java/Python/PHP user group is - probably London.

      I would guess we have at least another perl monger group between me and the nearest user group other than Linux.
      --

      @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
      print reverse @JAPH;