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Re (tilly) 2: The Decline of Perl - My Opinion

by tilly (Archbishop)
on Feb 03, 2002 at 20:11 UTC ( #143100=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


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If you really think that by asking money and shutting up Perl, you would make it more popular and profitable, then I challenge you to go out and try to do it.

If you read the licensing terms, you can take Perl, take advantage of the artistic license, rename it slightly, and make your own version which can be proprietary if you want. (See oraperl and sybperl for examples where this was done with Perl 4.)

My prediction based on both theory and observation of past examples (particularly examples of what people in the Lisp world do wrong time after time again) is that you will put in a lot of energy, lose money, and never achieve popularity. For some of the theory, the usually referred to starting place is The Cathedral and the Bazaar.

Of course if you want to charge money for something and can get away with it, go ahead. No less than Larry Wall has said that, It's almost like we're doing Windows users a favor by charging them money for something they could get for free, because they get confused otherwise. But I think that as time goes by it is becoming more mainstream to accept that it is possible for software to be both free and good at the same time.

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by beebware (Pilgrim) on Feb 04, 2002 at 01:23 UTC

    I know, but that's how head of departments and corporate management think: these are the people that believe the FUD that Microsoft put out ('XP is more secure - we best get it then', never mind that Linux is more secure and the Windows 2000 machines are also secure). Sometimes it's just the brand name which also helps - I know of a certain sausage manufacture who makes sausages for two major supermarkets. People say 'Oh, that's from Supermarket X' upon tasting, although it is just the same sausage.

    All in all - it comes down to packaging. 'Tart' something up by packaging, brand names and high prices are, despite the rival product being better in every respect, the 'well packaged' product will win.

      Issues of branding and so on are more complex than we techies seem to often think.

      If you really want to learn more about how they work, I have heard Information Rules by Shapiro and Varian (both well-known and respected economists) be highly recommended by people who should know. I haven't read it myself, but it is on my list of books that I really should get around to one of these days. (Particularly since I got a copy for my brother and he liked it...)

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