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Re: Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?!

by morgon (Deacon)
on Nov 13, 2013 at 09:29 UTC ( #1062359=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?!

You can argue forever about what constitutes a dying language from a purly technological or sociological point of view.

Imho Perl has still a great community and is a good (and even improving) technology.

But (at least that is my impression) there is one area in which Perl is definitely dying and that is as an asset for contracting jobs.

There are of course still Perl-jobs to be had but most of the projects are not very interesting maintanance work only - and it is getting worse every year (or so it seems to me).

Maybe the situation is better if you go on a pay-roll for a company such as Booking but for freelancers I guess Perl in a terminal stage.

Or has someone different experiences?


Comment on Re: Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?!
Re^2: Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?!
by Your Mother (Canon) on Nov 13, 2013 at 15:50 UTC

    Someone posted some graphs and such here on PM, sorry Iím too lazy Perl-virtuous to look it up, that job postings for Perl are actually pretty flat for a long time and much higher than some languages with more buzz like Ruby. My anecdote is in agreement: I consistently get 5Ė7 cold calls from recruiters/headhunters for Perl related jobs per year going on Ö Iíve lost track? Six years I think. My salary has steadily increased over the last 10 years as well.

Re^2: Why do people say 'Perl' is dead?!?!
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 16, 2014 at 23:44 UTC
    Those who say Perl is dead are mostly purist software engineers. I am an Aerospace/Mechanical Engineer and Perl is absolutely one of those secret little gems that can make you a hero. I have been using Perl and Tk and now Tkx since the mid 90's and am self taught. I don't want to learn C++ since I'm not in Software. Perl fit the bill perfectly for manipulating large pieces of data and even doing scientific programming and since I know UNIX, Perl was very easy for me to learn. Perl is alive and well and cherished by the non-software engineers. Only software purists will say Perl is dead.

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