|Perl Monk, Perl Meditation|
Another prediction of Perl's demiseby bradcathey (Prior)
|on Nov 25, 2004 at 02:30 UTC||Need Help??|
I've spent nearly 4 years learning Perl, 1-1/2 years learning it correctly here at the Monastery, and that's why reading stuff like this, from pmachine.com, is so disheartening. Learning computer languages is like religion, you're always wondering if the other folks are going to be right afterall.
"Because PHP enables a level of power, speed, and flexibility that is unmatched by other languages, particularly those that rely on CGI, like Perl. It's no accident that PHP has become the de-facto scripting language on the internet, putting CGI into fast retreat. There is simply no better choice to build your web community with."
Yeah, we see doom-sayers like this every once-in-a-while, but just after losing a big web project to an ASP shop this week, I'm feeling a little insecure right now. But I'm in pretty deep, and to be honest, I still love Perl. I just don't want to be the butt of jokes at the next cocktail party. I'll keep telling myself that Perl is for *real* web programmers, and everyone else is just jealous. Long live the separation of code and HTML.
Update: Here's what I've learned from all the great replies to this meditation:
"Don't ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up." G. K. Chesterton