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Perl mindshare in web developmentby gunzip (Pilgrim)
|on May 19, 2006 at 19:02 UTC
I just read through this article on Slashdot and noticed hardly any references to Perl in the comments, despite Perl's numerous frameworks and templating systems. By contrast the numerous references to PHP led me to the conclusion that PHP is now dominating mindshare in the sphere of web development even amongst the more sophisticated developers.
One of the reasons for this, besides PHP being a niche language, may be that Perl books tend to be too generalised. There are only a couple of Perl web development books and often the TMTOWTDI principle can be overwhelming for newcomers.
Is it time for the Perl community to start focussing on a dominant framework/templating system if only to generate some good books and make it easier for ISPs to have a complete kit installed without too much fuss? A few fully-worked code samples for web applications might also be helpful.