IMO when Perl was the only alternative for fast programming, it got many attention.
in reply to The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex
When other scripting languages appeared, they, of course, distract attention.
However I don't see perl comunity as shrinking...
Also, consider following evolution -
- assembler - is convenient way to write machine code.
- C - is big assembler (much more convenient to code, and still very close to hardware)
- Perl - is big C, it is very similar to C except its code more condensed and easier to write. But other scripting languages could perfectly replace Perl.
- XXXXX - is big Perl. At this step something special should be invented... Is it perl6? :)