Scaling to the demands of my work enviornment is far more than code performance. It's providing consitent interfaces, supporting ( consistent ) documentation, and a stable code base in spite of a high turn over of developers. ( Let's not forget buzzwords for sales and managers to throw around *sigh* ) While Perl can do all these things I have found very few Perl programmers that aren't out just to make something work. Their variable usage is generally that which only they can interpolate, and documentation a waste of time. Perl could be enterprise class but - oh I hate to say it - the hubris of the Perl users I have had to work with is the very thing that keeps it from general acceptance and distribution.
( I'm not even going to touch the lack of simple things like use strict and warnings outside the monestary.)
But after several years thinking on this subject I wouldn't want to change Perl folk at all. (Which is what it would take to get perl in the enterprise - moreso than any changes to its codebase or delivery platform.) I think that the culture, more than the code, is the real appeal.
update: Forgot support issues
When push comes to shove in this enviornment the status of several hundred banks and who knows how many thousands of ATM's count on our production floor. A senior executive having to count on perlmonks.org or some obscure Perl consulting firm compared to knowing they can calling on someone like IBM or Oracle is an impossible perception to overcome. Even if IBM support is horrendous the fact is our exec can tell a concerned bank president - We've got IBM working on it. Let's face it saying, "Well we've put a post on Perlmonks" just isn't going to hack it in that situation.
Damn.. got me out of my dark lurkers corner.. must get back the lights to bright! :)
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