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Best Perl Web Site showcase?

by Endless (Beadle)
on Jul 17, 2013 at 21:12 UTC ( [id://1044905]=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Endless has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm intrigued by the idea of Perl as a CMS in a world dominated by PHP, and have been reading a little about Mojolicious and Dancer; but I have been unable to find any kind of list of people actually using these things at current websites. So far I haven't seen any truly nice-looking Perl-based websites. A thousand apologies, but while Perl Monks works great and does lots of stuff, it just looks old-fashioned and a bit messy.

What are the best showcase-Perl websites you know of?

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Re: Best Perl Web Site showcase?
by jeffa (Bishop) on Jul 17, 2013 at 21:16 UTC
      Very nice. What system are they using? Dancer?
Re: Best Perl Web Site showcase?
by Laurent_R (Canon) on Jul 17, 2013 at 22:29 UTC

    Interesting debate. Perl once dominated the Web, not so long ago (let's say late 1990s and early 2000s, someone can correct me if I am wrong on the exact period), it is clearly no longer the case. I guess PHP is possibly easier to use for Web masters who are not programmers. One of my subjects of interest is photography and I am spending quite some time on photo forums; most of them seem to be based on PHPWebGallery (or Piwigo), Ubergallery, Coppermine, PHPGraphy or similar PHP frameworks or ready-made solutions. My own personal site, created more than 10 years ago and not very much maintained in the last 5 years, used some Perl and Javascript (although it was mostly static HMTL, to tell the truth); I guess that if I was not involved into Perl as much as I am, today, my first idea would probably be to do it in PHP and Javascript today. Having said that, my main centers of interest have moved away from web programming, I do not know Mojolicious or Dancer, so I am not making any comments on them.

    And, although I am not personally terribly interested in super fancy looking sites, and much more interested in the value of the content, one must say that the main Perl sites are not very convincing graphically and otherwise, this includes to various degrees in my view Perl Monks, CPAN, Perl Doc, Perl Foundation, Perl Gurus and Perl6, just to name a few. (Sorry if this hurts someone, this is not meant to criticize anyone, I am certainly not able to do better. I just think that there are some opportunities for improvement.)

    Now, this is just a personal opinion, very much subject to debate, I may be very wrong, I would be very interested in hearing what other people here have to say on the subject.

Re: Best Perl Web Site showcase?
by thomas895 (Deacon) on Jul 18, 2013 at 07:36 UTC

    The unfortunate part about Perl today is that people are getting lazier and less competent. If you were a programmer just 12 years ago, you probably had at least some idea of what you were doing.
    But you don't need that anymore. Any script kiddie can fire up Notepad and copy-paste a tutorial from the internet and use some random PHP functions that have some vague description.

    I don't understand how people manage not to drive themselves insane while using it. You don't have consistently-named functions, you do have different functions to do the same thing, you get useless error messages, and it all uses a lot of memory, as every function must be loaded.
    And don't forget not being able to add a wrapper around a different library without recompiling the whole of PHP. How's that for extensibility?

    PHP's popularity is mostly because of the big commercial push by Zend, which also spread FUD about Perl and it supposedly being a thing of the past.
    On the plus side, however, if you need something thrown together quick, you can hire PHP users for less money than for another more practical language, I've heard.

    ~Thomas~ 
    "Excuse me for butting in, but I'm interrupt-driven..."

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