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Re: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?

by CountZero (Bishop)
on Mar 25, 2008 at 20:48 UTC ( #676237=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What can bring the excitement back to Perl?

Who said Perl needs to have more excitement than it already has? I think we can dispense with programmers who flock to a language because it is exiting, because what is exiting today will be old hat tomorrow.

CountZero

A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James


Comment on Re: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?
Re^2: What can bring the excitement back to Perl?
by zby (Vicar) on Mar 25, 2008 at 21:28 UTC
    Recently I had the opportunity to talk to many tech startup founders and none of them was using Perl. I don't know how representative was that sample (it was on the level of 'dozens') - but it looks for me that while Perl is used in the established businesses it is virtually not present at all in new companies.
      Did you ask them what technology they were using? And why? And was the answer "Because it is exciting"?

      CountZero

      A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James

        Yes I did ask them (I was kind of looking for a potential job). In general what they used was Rails, Python (I think Django), PHP, Haskel and Erlang. I did not ask directly about the reasons - but sometimes they did talk about it spontaneously and the reasons were different for each one just like the exact technology they used.

      We need a new marketing slogan.

      Perl, the language of choice for implementing privacy-invading, malware-spreading, time-wasting zombie apocalypse simulators for Facebook.

        If you don't use perl then you don't SUPPORT OUR TROOPS!

        If you don't program in perl, then the TERRORISTS win!

        All other languages want to implement SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, and RAISE YOUR TAXES!
        And open the border to MEXICO! And maybe even CUBA!

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