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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • ... that nobody will take care of perl.com [perl.com] any more. For a moment, it looked like there was a revival going on, with several new articles appearing in the last two months; the update frequency had been a lot lower (one post every few months) until recently.

    I take it as a sign of the demise of Perl. Not that the enthusiasm of Perl users has diminished, but that the industry (in particular, O'Reilly, (AFAIK) the publishers of the very first Perl book ever) no longer believes in Perl.

    • Yeah. Can't say it surprised me, but it does hurt.
    • It's not necessarily that O'Reilly no longer believes in Perl, but it's hard to justify maintaing a website if it doesn't generate money to pay the people maintaining it. That can be the case for all sorts of reasons other than the state of Perl. It's not a sign of anything.

      I haven't had a tough time getting Perl books published by O'Reilly, and I've been doing that at about one a year. There's arm twisting whatsoever. Indeed, I'm often pressed for the next one.

      • I haven't had a tough time getting Perl books published by O'Reilly....

        Heh. I was pressed to submit an outline recently, by an editor, a publisher, and somewhat indirectly by the owner of the company. It's funny how quickly that changed. When I said "O'Reilly is no longer interested in publishing this Perl book", I meant it.

    • I doubt it is much to do with Perl and more to do with the credit crunch.

      People, I know, working in IT have felt the full force of the downturn as the first thing businesses cut is any development/consultancy work. Many businesses reason thusly: "it would be nice to have a better system, but the one we've got works fine for the moment, thanks very much."

      Less IT means less need for books about IT.

      Add to that the fact that it is cheaper and quicker to read the POD/man page/use Google than buy a book about pr