Matt Trout just made a blogpost announcing the Iron Man
Competition (*), sponsored by the Enlightened Perl Organization.
I personally think this is a very good idea and a great way to tackle
one of Perl's problem of today: perception. The language and its community may well
be alive (Tim Bunce did
a great job proving this), but few people outside the
echo chamber know about it, and constantly make claims that Perl is
dead. As Schwern very well put it in one
of his talks,
this perception issue is far from harmless and should not be taken
Given that today's communication routes among the newer generations are mainly
blogs, Matt's proposal to "make noise" by blogging (as opposed to just
writing excellent code, which should be enough) is the right way to help
increase Perl awareness in the programming community.
I have been playing with the idea of starting a blog myself for a while. This might have been the push I needed to make up my mind and JFDI (*)
(*) Update: It has been suggested to me via /msg that I should label this link as NSFW, since it contains inappropriate language.
Update 2: The response has been quite positive! All Ironman competitors are now being aggregated here. Lots of people started new blogs (like me), others polished theirs and gave them a new push.
Matt comments on this here.