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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I'm not sure it's atrophying so much as just not exploding.

    I see new people arriving at most of the places I know of fairly regularly.

    That people come and people go is the natural order of communities, I don't see it should be any different with Perl.

    The other thing to note is that Perl has certainly moved to something more like a business language. There's a lot of people out there using Perl for work that aren't necesarily going to appear in communities.

    Then there's the fact the the community specialises so much. Just look at the per-project channels on irc.perl.org. Most of them are quite or even VERY active, just not highly visible if you aren't looking for them.
    • I just saw this thread as I posted my analysis of the folly of percentages [perl.org], that some people place a lot of value in. "Not exploding" is a good way to say it. :)

      From traveling the world teacihng Perl, I figure that only a tiny portion of the number of people who use Perl ever show up in "the Perl community", have a personal web page, or anything that we might count.

      I don't really care how big the Perl community is, as long as it is Big Enough. :)