The article is refering to the TIOBE index, which indicates PHP has a rating that is 3 times higher than Perl, and even Visual BASIC has a rating more than twice the rating of Perl. Python is between Visual BASIC and PHP.
To me, the figure agree with how I've been seeing Perl for the past dozen years: Perl is strong in a niche of the market. And it'll remain so for quite some time.
And I'm quite satisfied by that.
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