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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • One facet of market research (really, product marketing) is identifying the target customers and how well the product serves their needs.

    I suspect one part of the echo chamber problem you describe is that few people seem to be explicit about who the customer might be and what they need. One facet of market research (really, product marketing) is identifying the target customer and how well the product serves their needs.

    Perl has several "customers" to consider. A non-exhaustive list might include:

    • Corporate IT architecture groups
    • Software engineers
    • System administrators
    • Someone learning a new language
    • Operating system vendors

    Other ideas?

    Each will have different needs and Perl fits those needs differently. Any research that happens should consider a variety of customers and needs.

    You mentioned PHP as an example. I think it got big because it made it easy for first-time developers to deploy on shared hosts. Or rather, mod_php did. Contrast that to mod_perl. Who was the customer for mod_php? Who was the customer for mod_perl? But imagine if there had been a mod_mason available before mod_php? Things might be different today.

    -- dagolden []

    • This is an excellent point and one I've been considering. In order to define the customer, we need to understand what we're trying to do. In other words, once we have a goal defined, we can better understand who are customers actually are and thus know who we need to potentially gather data from. My goal is this (and when we get a group together, perhaps this will change):

      Allow Perl to reclaim its status as a respectable programming language for new projects.

      If that goal is acceptable, then we can better

    • PHP won because you could edit your website in a website editor.

      You could use all the tools you had already to learn the skills you didn't have and achieve the goal you want.

      Dreamweaver clinched it for them, because now you had an editor that wouldn't break the code.

      And most people, in my opinion, don't change technologies if the ones they already have can do the things they need.

      • Check out []. It's in russian, but from download picture you'll get the idea. It has perl extension, however how much time will you spend looking for good perl hosting.