Dearest Monks,

many of you have certainly - in one way or another - come across the term "Killer App". It seems everyone needs them these days. Processor manufacturers to give their big iron something to chew on and to show, that anything less than a 10GHz Hextium is not worth the electric power it consumes.

Operating System vendors (or movements for that matter) need killer apps to give their base technology a boost. And finally there are Killer Apps written in some particular language. Sun certainly likes to see killer apps in Java, Microsoft most probably in C# (now).

Stroustrup would like to see them in C++, Wirth in one of his "creations", and W(e)all surely in Perl. I know of some references where Perl was used successfully (success stories - came with the o#reilly perl modules bookshelf methinks)

But this weren't real "Killer Apps".

Does anyone know of any project, that is so essential for those that use it and so significant (in terms of invested ressources), so that the users of it would think about supporting the underlying base technology?

I know of cases, where companies have ported the X Window System to Windows, just to be able to let their application run. I'm missing something similar with Perl.

Please tell me.

Bye
 PetaMem


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