Perl could be enterprise class but - oh I hate to say it - the hubris of the Perl users I have had to work with is the very thing that keeps it from general acceptance and distribution.
So, it seems at least one esteemed monk agrees with me partially... there is nothing specific to Perl, the language, that makes it unsuitable for enterprise deployment. It could be the Perl programmers, at least in the personal experience of coreolyn.
Unfortunately, I don't know any other Perl programmers personally, so that hypothesis is untestable by me. And, although I have been subjected to at least one instance of humiliating email-list diatribe by a well-known, and well-acknowledged abrasive Perl-er, I don't yet believe that is the reason why Perl is not in the same mindspace as J2EE.
Maybe Perl is not fully buzzword compliant, or buzzword marketed. What if the perl.org website described Perl as --
Business tools from Perl can help you track, manage,
and understand your organization.
The Perl product line provides the industry's leading suite
of enterprise software - helping you track performance,
understand business drivers, and manage your business.
Enterprise Perl Pods (EPP) help your organization align with
strategy by tracking and analyzing key business metrics and
goals via management dashboards, scorecards, and alerting.
Using P5EE 2 version 8 rev 7 components, customers can create
applications, browse services, view component details, and build
portlets. P5EE uses container-managed persistence (CMP),
container-managed relationships (CMR), stateless session Pods,
a stateful session POD, PSP (Perl Server Pages) pages, and servlets.
It currently says --
- Perl is a stable, cross platform programming language.
- It is used for mission critical projects in the public and private sectors.
- Perl is Open Source software, licensed under its Artistic License, or the GNU General Public License (GPL).
- Perl was created by Larry Wall.
- Perl 1.0 was released to usenet's alt.comp.sources in 1987
- PC Magazine named Perl a finalist for its 1998 Technical Excellence Award in the Development Tool category.
- Perl is listed in the Oxford English Dictionary.
when small people start casting long shadows, it is time to go to bed