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  • When I was reading all this "Perl is dying" blogs in the last days, I was fairly shocked. WTF is going on with you guys? Winter Depression? Comparing Perl with Cobol and tell the world Perl is dying because some crappy Top10 I never heard about before say so? Perl is a really cool programing language, IMHO the most flexible one on the market. It's the standard tool for every serious Unix admin (and many Windows admins too) and I know many great Software Developer who're (still) in love with Perl - even if they're sometimes forced to use other languages in their jobs today.

    My comment to the Perl Gurus at the BBC: I'm in a decision maker position in a big international Software Company. We're moving forward to use Perl more and more and we will use all the wonderful things like Catalyst, DBIx::Class, TT, Moose, mod_perl even MORE in the future for all of our front-end and back-end development. So, if you don't find any good Perl developers on the market, then go and hire people who're good developers in other languages (like Java, PHP, and so on) and TEACH them to become good Perl developers. Do INVEST in people instead of just try to benefit from what is already there!

    A few years ago, I run my own Software Company and I was in the same situation at that time (yes, even in 1999/2000 it was hard to find Senior Perl Devs). What we did was that we hired junior devs and students who were willing to learn something new in a short time and then we did internal trainings with them. It's really not that hard to learn Perl for a OO developer - it usually takes a few learning sessions most of the time to get people started. If you're using standard frameworks like Catalyst the learning curve is very high and the results are exciting.

    And yes, there are way more PHP or Java devs on the market. But, for example, try to find a Senior PHP Developer and you will fail. Try to find a really good Java Developer who is fast, flexible and has more background knowledge than what he had learned at the University; good luck.

    What I'm saying is: Blogging about Perl and spreading the word is necessary, yes. But companies have the money and the power to change things by teaching people and make them become good Perl developers.

    (Please excuse my bad english. It's not my mother language :))

    • Cool success story!
      I have small webdev company in small Russian city now. We use Perl in all our works, no one do that here at all. I`m developer and manager too, and I always say our clients -- we use Perl this is good for you. And when we done good work, our clients know cause -- we use Perl :)

      I hope my company grow up, we working hard for that.

      (Please excuse my awful English too :-)