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I have read discussions about "dying Perl", "Perl needeng a solution to survive" and i went through the comments to this node.
I still think that my Engish is to poor to explain my thoughts about this discussion. But i'll try.
I think that every computer language is a INSTRUMENT. Like a hammer or a drill. And if you need to to a certain work, you will choose the instrument to do it—but you won't think that "My hammer is better than any drill, so i'll perforate holes in the wall with it" or "Hammers are dying, so i'll drive this nail with my favourite drill". You will take the drill or the hammer and do the appropriate work with it, won't you?
I do my own work with Perl—and i can explain why i chose Perl to do it. And it does not matter for me if PHP is more popular than Perl or not.
And i don't understand how the popularity of PHP, Python, Ruby or VB does affect the usage of Perl for tasks that are better solved with it.