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IMO when Perl was the only alternative for fast programming, it got many attention.
When other scripting languages appeared, they, of course, distract attention.
However I don't see perl comunity as shrinking...

Also, consider following evolution -

  • assembler - is convenient way to write machine code.
  • C - is big assembler (much more convenient to code, and still very close to hardware)
  • Perl - is big C, it is very similar to C except its code more condensed and easier to write. But other scripting languages could perfectly replace Perl.
  • XXXXX - is big Perl. At this step something special should be invented... Is it perl6? :)

In reply to Re: The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex by vkon
in thread The Perl Hacker Inferiority Complex by Anonymous Monk

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