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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Off the top of my head, after discussing with Abigail and others...

    • One of Perl's more important niches now is the "one-off program tool" niche, where Perl helps sysadmins and others fix large amounts of low-profile daily annoyances and minor problems that people need adressed. Perl really shines here, but it's an invisible niche, mostly appreciated by sysadmins and other "fix-it" people.
    • Something anyone can do today (no need for centralized marketing or "great leaders",) is to find a few .pm group mates an
    • I like your comments. I made the point the other day that the perl community needs leaders. We need to vote for some leaders because all this back and forth slows progress. I'm glad many people want their voices heard, that's a good thing, but someone needs to make a decision. If its a bad decision we'll all and scream until it gets changed.

      I think having a couple of top ten lists will help

      Top 10 p5 things that suck

      Top 10 p5 things that rock

      Let's market the good things and squash the bad thi
      • Voting for leaders is a bad idea. Let the natural leaders emerge by proving themselves through act and deed.
  • Many thanks for writing up the BOF summary. Very helpful to have these perspectives. Phillip.
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    Keeping technology simple since 2003
  • One thing is clear - there is no one thing that could fix the state of Perl marketing. Instead of trying to unify all interested parties under one flag - we can organize some sub-teams. So that people who want a more unified web face of Perl could talk about the design issues without argumenting why it is more important than making CPAN libs easier to install.
  • This about sums it up: http://developer.symbian.com/forum/message.jspa?messageID=85949 [symbian.com]

    I think it's worth quoting in its entirety:

    "Does anyone use Perl? Or are the rumors it's dead true?
    Posted: 05-Feb-2009 23:09

    Perl is nowhere to be found. There's no perl developer center. No guides. No examples. There are python, PHP, .net quickstart guides. Nothing for perl.

    Perl used to be the language of the web. What happened?
    Will