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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • DLJB [presicient.com] has been showing that the tech sector is not immune from the economic conditions, and that Perl seems to be taking a bigger hit than the other contenders (in pct decline). While the usual year-end slump is currently exaggerating the declines, the delta between Perl's losses (approaching 50%) seem more severe than Python, Ruby, PHP, et al. Only Javascript appears to be declining as sharply...so it maybe a Goliath effect. But still troubling.

    On a personal note, I must admit my own interest in Perl is waning significantly. Sure, I'm still using Perl, but (I'm ashamed to say) my time and inclination for maintaining my CPAN modules, much less working on new CPAN goods, has dropped to near zero. Partly due to a new startup job focused on non-Perl stuff, but also due in part to a sense of beating my head against a wall trying to implement things other languages can take for granted (Groovy being my current playpen).

    I also think CPAN is no longer the killer app it once was; Google is the new language-neutral CPAN (not code.google.com, per se, but just Google searches and cheap/free webpages available to developers to post their goods). Perl's community remains its strongest feature, but I sense numbers of users falling away from that as well (admittedly strictly a subjective observation, mostly due to perceived declines in perlmonk postings in recent months)

    Perl 6 may save the day, but I suspect an odd effect of the recession may be to displace Perl with (PHP/Python/Ruby/Groovy/etc). Talent will be cheaper/more available, and maybe more inclined to develop in those languages.

    • but also due in part to a sense of beating my head against a wall trying to implement things other languages can take for granted

      I'd be interested to know what kind of things you refer to. For instance... ?