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Re^3: Perl is dying

by jdporter (Canon)
on Jul 14, 2006 at 16:49 UTC ( #561264=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Perl is dying
in thread Perl is dying

Of course if it really stops growing, then it will die...

Not that I have any particular disagreement with your overall point here, nimdokk; but I strongly disagree with the meme that "if it ain't growing, it's dying". There's a third possibility: sustaining. And in many scenarios sustaining has significant advantages over growing (not to mention, over dying). To take just one example from biology: humans stop growing at some time around 20 years of age* but we don't really start dying until maybe 70 or 80*. Sure, adolescence has its perqs; but, all things considered, I'm quite happy to be an adult.
* The exact ages don't matter; let's not split hairs.

like any other language in the world - take Latin for instance

Um, that's not why Latin died.

We're building the house of the future together.

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Re^4: Perl is dying
by tilly (Archbishop) on Jul 14, 2006 at 22:07 UTC
    Cobol is sustaining.

    Some stunningly large fraction of financial transactions go through COBOL at some point. I do not see that fact changing in my life.

    Sustaining is just a nice word for stagnating.

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