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  • ... that nobody will take care of [] 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

  • In which case you have my sympathies. A lot of people I know are going through that right now.
    Hopefully you have a job, but if not, be assured that there are jobs out there, particularly for exceptional people like yourself. But they can be hard to find.

    But I will say from the offers I have received recently that finding a job is considerably easier if you are willing to relocate. The few companies that are hiring generally want you to move to them rather than vice versa. For example perhaps you want to

  • While it's not the most active part of our site, new news is being published as we get it, and we're looking forward to the release of Perl 6, a reason to do more.
    • Who's publishing that news, Marsee? If an unpaid blogger happens to write something Perl-related, it may or may not show up on If O'Reilly decides to publish another Perl book, I'm sure something you or Sara writes will show up on Beyond that, who's updating the site?