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  • mod_perl isn't getting web developers because it isn't a web application framework. PHP is.

    Perl is like Lisp. We have the base language, on which we write the language in which we will write our program. I'm sure people who truly grok Lisp and all of Paul Graham's stuff will say Perl doesn't completely fulfill this, but I think it does partially. We create, at least, a hybrid language that consists of Perl + whatever modules we deem necessary.

    Look at the way everyone writes their own templating sys

    J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
    • by jjohn (22) on 2004.09.07 18:43 (#34120) Homepage Journal

      But to me it makes no difference if Perl captures the PHP market or not. (I suspect it's no big deal to you, either.)

      You're right. I don't care all that much about Perl in the web space specifically, but I'd like to see Perl capture the general application development market. Perl replacing VB (via .NET) is a beautiful dream.

      I doubt it will happen though. Still, Perl has been a huge influence on so many of the modern languages. It's humbling.

      • Still, Perl has been a huge influence on so many of the modern languages. It's humbling.

        Yep. And that's why it's totally irrelevant Perl will or will not see widespread use for general application development. You can focus on the near horizon -- getting Perl used in the mainstream -- or you can focus on the far horizon -- getting the features and principles behind Perl adopted by the mainstream.

        Ask yourself if the programs you write today are better than the programs you wrote five or ten years ag