writes "As a follow up to the Gartner announcement regarding Apache, I logged on to their web site to see what they have to say about Perl. I was shocked to find that there were only 93 articles in the database (compared to the 200 listed for Java) and that most of the articles had nothing to do with Perl. For example, a report from August 31st, 2001 was titled "The Gartner Survey on Java Usage in Brazil." The only listing that actually had the word "Perl" in the title was from the middle of 1997, entitled, "Perl: Is it still a Gem?" Searching on "mod_perl" returned 3 results, 2 of which were primarily about Apache. Search for "Servlets" in the same database returns 177 hits, while "JSP" returns 117."
"Is it really the case that Java is that much more popular, or are we just doing a very bad job of getting coverage from highly weighted sources like Gartner? Just to compare, I did the same search at Forrester, and only found 4 articles about Perl, compared to the 200 about Java.
In the era of IT downsizing, can we afford to ignore this trend? Lots of great things are happening in the Perl community, but the outside world is not recognizing it. I really wonder that if Apache can get such positive press, why can't Perl?"
This is a hot topic among some people. My view is that people don't talk about perl the same way they don't talk about English and electricity. It is just there, and lots of people use it, and it works great ... what's there to say? Sure, this kind of perception has its own problems, but I think Perl is widely viewed as this great tool that almost everyone uses, which is overall a good thing.