Recently, I participated in a student-for-a-day thing at a local college. The basic idea behind this is that you find the course you're thinking of taking, and sit in the back of the classes for the day, to see if it's really what you were hoping it was, and what you still want to take.
Spidy: So, which language do you focus on here at
<learning institution>? Perl or PHP?
Instructor: Oh, we focus on PHP.
Instructor: Well...Perl is sort of old. And outmoded,
and it's being phased out.
As you can see, not exactly the informative answer that I was hoping for. Not really an answer, come to think of it.
So I'm wondering, and I'll ask you, the Perl community: why does everyone seem to prefer PHP nowadays? Is it because the creator of PHP's first name isn't Larry? Is it because the word 'PHP' is shorter than the word 'Perl'?
It's something that's been bothering me for a while; I figure that someone here will be able to anwer this with far more clarity than that instructor.