I have tried selling Perl to a lot of projects that I have encountered. Perl today is only accepted in the dimension awk is accepted. That is for quick throw away small scripts which will be run once to do some very minor text parsing jobs.
I hardly see any Perl jobs on the Career Market, most of them are just to maintain some old Perl code written long back, and they call it legacy code.
Perl 5's death was announced the day Perl 6 birth was announced. No matter how many Perl 5 releases you make you just are putting a old dying man into ICU and getting him some more time to live. Unfortunately Perl 6 baby keeps suffering from an abortion every now and then. Because the parents can't really decide what they want, a girl or a boy. If the spec were to be frozen, only a single and complete implementation focused upon. The Perl 6 baby would probably be celebrating its second or third birthday by now.
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