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Re: Perl is dying

by jkao (Beadle)
on Jul 15, 2006 at 21:14 UTC ( #561493=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl is dying

My Perl wishes:
  • that snazzy open-source apps like Muine are written in Perl, rather than C# and Python
  • that we have a heavily used web framework (totally agree with chromatic that Catalyst is frightening)
  • that more new development occurs in Perl rather than in C#, Java, Ruby, Python...
  • that Perl 6 will somehow emerge from the ashes like Firefox did from the Mozilla code base!?
To those who will say, "write it yourself!" with regards to Perlish versions of Muine and Ruby on Rails -- I'm not a professional programmer, or even a unprofessional one. I'm just a scientist and hobbyist who finds Perl occasionally useful. The point is, I would find Perl far more useful if Perl and CPAN received the sort loving care that would ensue if it were more popularly used for new applications, i.e. if Perl were growing rather than merely "sustaining".

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Re^2: Perl is dying (Catalyst; Gtk2-Perl)
by Aristotle (Chancellor) on Jul 16, 2006 at 09:22 UTC

    Catalyst is getting better by the minute. The installation is painless if you use Mattís Shadowcat installer and the docs strengthen every time the core stabilises further. It started out scary because it went through a phase of hyperrapid development (core infrastructure was moving around with every minor release for a while) where it was impossible to document it properly. Things are settling in, trust me.

    As for new apps, I donít know why so few people write stuff with Gtk2-Perl. Itís the coolest way to do GUIs Iíve seen Ė quick, easy, based on a powerful toolkit, and unlike Tk, neither your app nor its code look disgusting. Iíve been meaning to write a GUI feed aggregator in Perl for a while; Gtk2-Perl will definitely be my weapon of choice for that.

    Makeshifts last the longest.

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