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What is the major Perl successful story ?

by marscld (Beadle)
on Mar 27, 2009 at 07:11 UTC ( #753591=perlquestion: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??
marscld has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

Dear Monks, Heard that bbc.co.uk using mod_perl , could you please advice what are other major Perl successful applications ?

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Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by moritz (Cardinal) on Mar 27, 2009 at 07:25 UTC
    imdb.com, amazon, craigslist, livejournal.

    See also The Top Perl Shops (albeit a bit dated)

Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by missingthepoint (Friar) on Mar 27, 2009 at 07:38 UTC

    Bioinformatics research.


    "Half of all adults in the United States say they have registered as an organ donor, although only some have purchased a motorcycle to show that they're really serious about it."
Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by rozallin (Curate) on Mar 27, 2009 at 10:13 UTC
    I'm not sure if any of these meet your definition of 'major', but the London Perl Mongers maintain a list of companies that use Perl within London, England for new and existing projects. The list demonstrates that there are many commercial companies actively and happily using Perl to achieve their goals.
Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by ggvaidya (Pilgrim) on Mar 27, 2009 at 11:22 UTC

    Both PerlIsAlive.org (one of the prettiest new Perl advocacy sites I've discovered recently, btw) and Proud to Use Perl are collecting Perl success stories, so you'll find some recent ones there.

      I like Perl Alive. It is part of my non-perlmonks forum signature. Though one or two people who go there and come to Perlmonks.org go "huh". Form over function is the answer I give. It's great.
Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by ELISHEVA (Prior) on Mar 27, 2009 at 14:26 UTC
      See also Perl success stories (sponsored by O'Reilly Press)

      I'm usually hesitant to post a link to that page, because with its last entry being from 12/04, people (who aren't advocates of Perl in the first place) almost always get the impression that Perl is effectively dead by now — which is kind of unfortunate, as it's the wrong conclusion, IMO...

Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by sundialsvc4 (Abbot) on Mar 27, 2009 at 16:06 UTC

    Over the years, Perl has shown itself to be a very versatile tool that's really good at doing a lot of the things that we need to do all the time. Ripping strings (and HTML data-streams apart), doing efficient data manipulation with hashes and lists, object-oriented programming, and so on. Its architecture has allowed for the vast CPAN library to be built ... and to contain thousands of entries covering everything imaginable. You can exploit that existing code-base in anything.

    Various other strong contenders of course exist. You can build a great web-app in almost anything. But Perl has been referred-to as “The Swiss Army® Knife of computing” for a very good reason. It's the tool that you find yourself picking-up again and again and again. “I need to open this envelope...” okay, Perl can do that. “Now I need something that slices, and dices, and makes Julienne fries...” okay, Perl can do that too.

    So, really, when you're looking for “a Perl success story,” I think that you really need to expand the scope of what you are talking about. It is very advantageous when one tool can be applied to so many aspects of what a data-processing shop is actually doing, all within the auspices of the same environment, all with the same underlying code-base, all at the same time. It is “a huge win” when you can have... One Ring to Rule Them All. Where the front-end web applications, and the back-office interactive applications, and the batch jobs, all leverage the same code-base all at the same time.

Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by Your Mother (Canon) on Mar 27, 2009 at 16:24 UTC

    Slashdot.

Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by systems (Pilgrim) on Mar 27, 2009 at 19:29 UTC
    www.perlmonks.org
Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by andreas1234567 (Vicar) on Mar 27, 2009 at 20:27 UTC
    The universe.
    --
    No matter how great and destructive your problems may seem now, remember, you've probably only seen the tip of them. [1]
Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by pemungkah (Priest) on Mar 27, 2009 at 21:58 UTC
    All of the code-deployment infrastructure at Yahoo!.
Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by blahblahblah (Priest) on Mar 28, 2009 at 01:46 UTC
Re: What is the major Perl successful story ?
by 5mi11er (Deacon) on Mar 30, 2009 at 17:23 UTC
    • It has been speculated that nearly every corporation has a few linux boxes running some important internal task that is written in Perl.
    • I'd speculate that nearly all non-newbie sysadmins have some task automated with a bit of perl in the mix.
    • At one time it was claimed that perl was the glue that held the internet together - I think that's still largely true today
    • Without perl in your toolbox, I think it's analogous to not having a pair of slip jaw pliers; yeah, you CAN get by with out them, but they're really handy to have.

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