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  • I am not sure if the core language matters that much. Moose shows that you can have nice Object Orientation in Perl without changing the core language. Frankly I don't see much difference between Perl, Python and Ruby - for me the libraries matter much more. And let's look where Perl was losing. It did not lose to Ruby - but rather to Rails. PHP? Again, this already been covered somewhere, the advantage of PHP is the deployment model not the language itself. As I wrote in What can bring the excitement back to Perl? []:

    And what really makes the mentioned Drupal and RoR libraries exciting? With Drupal non-programmers can set up a quite complex community site on their own, without hiring expensive programmers. Paradoxically this creates also a big market for PHP programmers who later are hired to add new features to the already working community sites. With RoR it is the other way around - it let's a lonely programmer create a nice looking web application without hiring designers. This independence in both cases is quite a breakthrough and creates excitement and buzz.

    I think Perl still have a chance. We need to shrug off some of the arrogance and dismissal, and accept that quick shiny prototypes (ala Rails) are important for the language marketing (and not only that - they are also practical). We need to accept that there are orders of magnitude more small websites that cannot afford all the costs of mod_perl than big web stars. But the potential is still there - it is in CPAN [], unique in it's size and organisation.