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  • Regardless of the problems with TIOBE, I think there is at least something of a downwards trend in Perl in certain envrionments.

    There are a few reasons... not being able to find good Perl programmers is one reason given by my company. Also, wanting to standardise on languages as much as possible, especially for new stuff (where Java wins most of the time).

    While I think the Perl community is one of our strengths, it's also a weakness. As you say, there are some people who refuse to acknowledge what's going o

    • Not being able to find good Perl programmers is a huge problem. During the summer everyone I knew in the perl communities around Vancouver and Victoria was actively trying to hire people - with limited success. Things have slowed down a bit right now, but I'm told we'll be hiring perl programmers again in the spring, and that's the same story I'm hearing from most of the other startups around me.

      There's certainly no lack of jobs from where I'm standing, and these are all software product development jobs, mostly for startups.

      I think what is really lacking is marketing. Not a lot of us really talk that much about the things we're building with perl, probably because we're busier getting stuff done rather than trying to become the leaders of a new software movement.

      So, to this end, a simple proposal: Those of us who occasionally put up hobby projects commit to having the "Powered by Perl" (from []) logo at the bottom of the page so folks can see for themselves all the cool stuff we're making.

      • Lack of talent is a huge problem. Anyone know of a way to measure how many active job seekers list perl in their skillset. That would seem to be a better indicator than # of job postings with Perl as a requirement.