To help research for a talk I’m giving soon
I asked the OPEN mailing list:
Please spare a few moments to jot down your thoughts about the Perl language, CPAN, the community. Even if you don’t use it. In fact, especially if you don’t use it. How would you choose a language to develop a new web project? How would Perl rate, and why?
(The OPEN mailing list is “is a community-based mailing list for the discussion of general Web, Internet and related technologies” in Ireland. The participants have an eclectic mix of web related jobs and interests. There’s certainly no bias towards Perl.)
I think it's helpful for the perl community to see how Perl, and the community, are viewed by those more distant to it. And how people who have used perl, python, ruby, php etc choose which to use.
The results give an interesting insight into the memes surrounding Perl. I wrote up a summary here.