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(1) Perl is not taught in colleges for the same reason that other interpreted languages are not: they are poor choices for teaching fundamental programming techniques and OS manipulation (memory manipulation, I/O, etc.). This is not to say that such languages shouldn't be taught at the college level -- just that traditional CS programs are more likely to stick with what they know and can teach a student in four years.

As noted in other replies, a solid programmer in any language -- such as those actually taught in colleges -- can likely be introduced to perl and become proficient in a matter of a week or two.

(2) I'm not sure where you're coming from, but the buzz word 'CGI' never implied perl to me. It implied a dynamic site that was using any of a number of languages behind the scene -- C and perl being most common, but not the only players on the block (I saw sites written in shell).

(2a) Regarding CPAN, it's not just about the central, searchable repository; it's also about the fact that CPAN: is a distribution mechanism that tracks dependencies; provides a testing framework; provides nightly builds of documentation; and more.


In reply to Re^3: Are we a dying breed? by weierophinney
in thread Are we a dying breed? by thaigrrl

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