in reply to What is the major Perl successful story ?
Both PerlIsAlive.org (one of the prettiest new Perl advocacy sites I've discovered recently, btw) and Proud to Use Perl are collecting Perl success stories, so you'll find some recent ones there.
Throwing nuclear weapons into the sun
Making everybody on Earth disappear
A threat from an alien with a mighty robot
A new technology or communications medium
Providing a magic fish to a Miss Universe
Establishing a Group mind
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