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Hi,

I'm following this "popularity discussion" here and elsewhere. I normally agree with the opinion that it's irreleavant want others say as long as the language is useful and actively maintained, which perl is.

But: Currently we are searching for a young employee. There is not one that has experience in Perl. But worse, the candidates are not really attracted by learning a language which seems to be old, outdated and unfancy. I can understand this. Arguing that the programming language is more or less irrelevant in the long term is difficult addressed to someone being at the start of his professional career and thinking about where to invest learning power into. It's definitly easier to convince someone knowing he can now learn a very attractive programming language.

Many many people are really surprised hearing that we use Perl as main programming language. From "what is this" to "uhhh, that still lives" you can hear everything, but really no "oh, what a mature, effective programming language with an unbelievable eco system".

So, I'm really not against all activities raising the popularity of Perl.

Best regards
McA


In reply to Re^2: A Melancholy Monkday by McA
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