To me, that makes about as much sense as prosletyzing about, say, wrenches. Or engaging in a knock-down drag-out discussion about wrenches vs. screwdrivers being the “best” way to hammer a nail.
Remember, most software is not a new project: it is legacy code. You dance with the one who brung ’ya. You don’t arbitrarily introduce new tools and techniques into an established mix because there is both a cost and a risk in doing that. You don’t rewrite an established system because you can’t.
Businesses care about what the software does, and that it does it.
Instead of worrying about which language is or isn’t popular in some on-line survey, make it your business ... because it is “your business!” .. to familiarize yourself with as many language tools as you can. What people seek, and pay for, is the well-seasoned ability to walk into any established situation, to adapt to it quickly and correctly, and to become productive, whatever that may mean. Could be Perl, could be something else, probably is many somethings at once. “Many somethings at once” is status-normal in any big, old shop, and in plenty of new ones.
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