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I have to wonder why you, and many others, are so concerned with what language other people use? It almost seems like you're too scared to make up your own mind, when others around you claim that php/python/ruby/whatever is better.
Either Perl does what you need it to do, or it doesn't, and that should be your only criteria and concern. Stop worrying about what the rest of the fashion sheep are doing and do what works for you,
If Perl is dying, this could be the start of the longest bedside vigil in history.
Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
Lingua non convalesco, consenesco et abolesco. -- Rule 1 has a caveat! -- Who broke the cabal?
"Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.