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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Unfortunately "statistics" can be easily bent and presented to make any fact look true ;-(

    I think in David A Whetton's case it was just a mistake not understanding what the Freshmeat figures really mean. Unfortunately though there are lots of people out there falling into exact same trap. And even worse there are people out there doing a lot of "bending" to make things meet their own agenda.

    If u can't beat them then join them! I think its time to up the ante with a concerted Perl propaganda campaig
    • IMO, there seems to be two kinds of users in most tool/language projects. On one side, there are those who approach it with a disinterested and purely pragmatic method, looking to answer the question of whether it will work for the set of tasks at hand, or at least have a good understanding of why the design rationale is good.

      On the other, there's the mass of users who follow the hype and use it because XYZ said it's *the* thing to use and go by more subjective metrics, chief of which being the popularity.

      It is tempting to harbor disdain for the hype-crowd but they contribute a lot of publicity and allow the first category to justify themselves in front of someone who can't see things objectively.

      This reminds me of Apple's launch of OS X. They had integrated all these wonderful frameworks from NeXT and *BSD but that alone was not enough to win the masses. It was the Aqua veneer that made people go "ohhhh shinny" and feel they were using something cool though they had no clue why.