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  • by shmit (7334) on 2007.07.13 23:43 (#56235)
    Part of the problem is that perl is still ubiquitous but only the old hackers know it.

    As you've probably noticed, the ignorant tend to fear what they don't know in order to rationalize their ignorance. So they hate on perl, partly because they haven't bothered to understand it, and mostly because they're scared as hell of the bears around the office who seem to know it really well.

    It's ugly, it's antiquated, it's whatever. Just as long as I have some legitimate reason for hating on it, so I can justify why I don't know it, so I don't have to worry about whether or not I can actually code better than those crotchety people at their amber-on-black terminals.

    Perl won't always be everywhere. The kids will eventually replace it with ruby or python or blub or whatever they think gets the job done, only to find out in another 20 years or so that they're in the same ship they put perl in.

    Only ruby doesn't have dynamic variable scoping, and python barely even has anonymous functions. There's a nice world to look forward to.

    So the reason perl will be killed without mercy is because it has been so successful at what it does, and it scares the crap out of the people who don't know it and don't think they should have to know it, and who will work extra-hard to make sure that goes unchallenged by trying to kill it as quickly as possible.

    Ah well. At least ruby has blocks.