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  • someone should ask people what kind of books they would like to see...people not part of our incestuous little corner of the computing world. It seems like too many books are written by the author for the author instead of by the author for the reader. I've found few reasons to part with $40+ lately

    • by davorg (18) <> on 2002.01.22 11:48 (#3514) Homepage Journal
      our incestuous little corner of the computing world

      That phrase pretty much sums up how I'm feeling right now. We can produce all the clever Perl books that we want and outside our little cosy world it means nothing. No-one cares.

      I've spent so much of my time involved with the Perl community over the last 3 or 4 years that I started to believe that it was somehow important. And the truth is that it isn't at important at all to most of the world. Not even to most of the IT industry.

      I've had a couple of telephone interviews over the last few days. Obviously my CV mentions Data Munging with Perl. People who are interviewing me are Perl prgrammers. They ask me what my book is about. They've never heard of it. And it's not just my book (I wouldn't be surprised if it's just my book) all they have heard of are a few Perl for Morons books and perhaps the Camel and the Llama (althought, usually it's the first edition).

      Perl 6 looks like it's shaping up to be really good, but I wonder if we're completely wasting our time. Who will hear about it? How will they hear about it? Why would they switch from badly written Perl 5 to badly written Perl 6 when they can switch to Java or C# (or so the marketing departments will say)?

      I guess what I'm saying is that advocacy and evangelism should be our first priorities. Who's dealing with those? How can I help? Where do I sign up?

      • Well someone must care as at least a few books sell but, no, in reality most of the world doesn't give a damn not now, not ever. Computing, like plumbing, should be a fixture in every modern home thatonly gets noticed when something fails. It is less about people and more about where computing is heading. We engineers are always in the green room...not really in the audience and not front stage a fuzzy netherworld.

        Will anyone care about Perl6? I don't know the answer to that but who knows pe