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  • Cobol returned 1287 hits, more than some of the other languages you showed there. Does that mean Cobol is "alive"? I wouldn't say so. Not in any "community enthusiasm" or "upcoming features" sort of way.

    And, as others have pointed out, Perl is usually an auxiliary, not primary, job skill that employers are looking for. I think I see it listed for just about every sys admin position, for example.

    Now, before anyone gets their Perl Panties in a bunch, I'm not suggesting that Perl is anywhere near where Cob

    • I think it's safe to say (in that anecdotal sort of way that chromatic hates) that the enthusiasm for it is in decline.

      That depends on your definition of "safe". If you mean "here is a stack of statistics and here is the research methods and raw data", then we agree on the word safe. If you mean "two 14 year olds emo kiddies with stupid pointy-in-the-middle haircuts and eyeshadow knocked on my door to try to sell me on DHHism, and no one's done that for Perl in a couple of years, but I leave the proof as an exercise for the reader" then I'm not going to equip a bunch of liberated but still angry chimpanzees from the monkey farm down the street [] with ball-peen hammers and point them in the direction of your kneecaps, but I might still ask for clarification.

      In the latter case, you're mostly safe... but I will probably tease you on the Internet.