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I don’t see what the fuss is, anyway. Perl’s mainstream popularity may be waning, but how does that affect me? Java (which I truly find painful; but that is my preference and whether others agree is their business) is not the only option if I can’t write Perl for a living – there are other enjoyable languages. And even when I’m not writing Perl for a living, that doesn’t mean I don’t get to use Perl at all. And right now, I am being paid to write Perl, and I’m quite confident that I will find more people who would pay me to write Perl.

Remember Perl’s mascot is a camel. It is not a peacock. Perl is quite comfortable doing the dirty work in the trenches. That’s how it got here at all and that’s why it’s still around. I don’t believe for a second those cries that it’s dying.

Perl has a lot of history. There’s a lot of cruft in there. People are always after the “new” and shiny things; we in the IT industry are a huge flock of fashion-chasers. So it’s no wonder that the front and center attention is going elsewhere; but that doesn’t diminish the usefulness of Perl at all.

(Sorry, I’m rambling. Hopefully you get the general idea of what I was trying to say.)

Makeshifts last the longest.

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Re^2: Remain calm and confident in difficult times
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 11, 2005 at 06:03 UTC

    I fully understand what you have said, and agree to quite a few points you made here. I have absolutely no problem with intelligent discussion, which obviously involves different ideas, sometime even opposite ones. But one thing I for sure cannot stand is stupid thought (I don't comment those individuals, but those thought were stupid), those posts do nothing other than poisoning people's mind.

    The ability to do some serious research is certainly very important in order to post meditations, if we all want to maintain a high standard, but hey, this is a free world, you see all kinds of people.