I don't know what language we'll be using to solve
ubiquitous, practical problems 20 years from now, but I do
know it will be called Perl.
Don't be so sure. There are many other languages out
there, all of which have their uses and several of which do
what Perl does at the same level (or possibly even better?).
That's pretty much exactly my point. There are
many other languages out there, and the overwhelming
majority of them do at least a few things better than Perl.
But Perl has a tradition of embracing and incorporating the
good bits, rather than sticking to its guns and pretending
that it's way is the only way. (TIMTOWTDI, remember?) So
(I contend that) Perl in 20 years may look nothing like it
does now, but it'll still be Perl, not some language that
replaced Perl's successor.
The hell with paco, vote for Erudil!
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