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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Tech publishing is, if anything, even more fad driven than tech blogging. You have to analyze the fads in terms of the publisher's prospective markets.

    As for the lack of Perl books, tech publishers don't just follow the trend; they try to stay ahead of it.

    I wish that were true. If it were, I wouldn't have fought for two years to convince my previous employer to let me publish something on Ruby before Rails hit it big and they wouldn't have tried to publish four Rails books a year before noticing that the Ruby book market peaked in late 2006. (2006 is not a typo. Neither is the phrase "four Rails books a year".)

    You make good points about market saturation, but remember that the Perl book market saturation occurred in 2000, a year in which at least one other large factor had something to do with a drop in sales.