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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • B is perl? A is python?

    The growth of each is constant, and B's growth is largest. The slope of its growth curve is steepest.

    It's paradoxical that its percentage of the market is decreasing. It must mean that the rate of growth of the market is greater than its rate of growth.

    All the other curves are flatter than B's curve, so it is counter-intuitive that the growth of the market (the total of all the curves) is steeper.

    B's percentage of the market must be asymptotic to something. At the end of time, how muc
    • A and B aren't anything. I'm not trying to make a sly statement about Perl. I'm not trying to defend Perl in any aspect. No matter what we say, it should be the truth, which I'm more concerned about than the survival of Perl.

      It's not really paradoxical that the market will grow faster than everything else. The problem comes when we think something is worthwhile when it has a certain percentage of the market, and worthless otherwise. As I showed, the market penetration rate doesn't matter because it doesn't
  • I do not think the Perl community is atrophying. I was just curious from the other remark I read how many people do think it is and why.

    As far as using book sales as an indication, I agree that is bad. It may be *an* indicator but you have to look at a lot more things as well. The poster child would be Ruby. They were doing next to nothing until Rails and then a lot of people baught Rails books to see what the fuss was about. I don't think they really *converted* a lot of people because if you look at Rub

  • You really think explaining why the data doesn't say what people think it says is worthwhile, when they (er, he) won't even accept the fact that the data can't be trusted to begin with?

    Well, OK, it might work.
    • Well, based on my experience, you can show lead a horse to water, but you can't make him think. So, it's probably not worthwhile. :)