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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • by pnu (8946) on 2008.12.03 16:49 (#66161)

    I think that Perl, as a flexible programming language and a great tool, as a great collection of modules in CPAN, or as a community of experienced developers, has everything that's needed for success. It has even more.

    It is great (and also very necessary) that we argue about sigils and try to make language even better, take it to the next level, but that's not really the biggest thing people are looking for when evaluating the tools for their jobs at hand.

    What really is missing, is good marketing and positive fuzz created by friendly looking web sites and success stories. For example this site, use.perl.org, and the actual entry page to the language (that comes up when you google for "perl"), www.perl.org, are very "-99". Sorry to say, but just awful.

    Luckily the Perl community has many extremely talented, experienced and productive developers, but the current situation (with the web sites and marketing in general) makes it hard to attract new people with new ideas and new uses for our tools.

    • Sorry, I should have said that the layout and presentation is awful. The content is excellent and first-class.