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Perl How Many

by ido50 (Scribe)
on Aug 10, 2003 at 13:06 UTC ( #282606=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Hi Monks.
I had a little discussion with a friend of mine who's learning PHP. As a Perl learner, I was rambling about one of the reason why I find Perl the best - The Perl Community. Anyway a question popped into my head - How many Perl users are there?!
Of course this question probably doesn't have an exact, or even approximate, answer, but I still like to know what are (the|your) expectations. Just for a start, if the mods don't mind my asking, how many Perl Monks are registered?!

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Re: Perl How Many
by perrin (Chancellor) on Aug 10, 2003 at 15:14 UTC
    A more telling stat might be how many CPAN authors there are. That gives you a rough count of how many people out there are both skilled enough in Perl to write something for CPAN, and conscientious enough to actually do it. Yes, I know, some of the modules are dreck, but I think the overall quality is high.

      As of 19 Aug 2003, CPAN has 3061 authors, according to the PAUSE Who is Who.

      Once it's Turing complete, everything else is just syntactic sugar.
Re: Perl How Many
by TStanley (Canon) on Aug 10, 2003 at 13:51 UTC
    Well, according to our statistician's site, there are 24,226 registered monks on this site, and that is current as of 10 Aug 2003, 9:14:49 EST

Re: Perl How Many
by liz (Monsignor) on Aug 10, 2003 at 13:55 UTC
    With regards to the number of Perl Monks out there, you might find Monk Stats very interesting.

    With regards to "Perl user", that very much depends on the definition. I've been led to understand that even Windows has a Perl executor somwhere under the hood to do some installation stuff. That would make it a lot of Perl users out there.

    On the other end of the spectrum would of course be people who make a living programming in Perl on a daily basis. Personally, I would think there are at least 10's of thousands out there. But that's just a guess, based on the amount of books published about Perl and estimating what the break even point of a published book is.


      And for every registered Monk there is at The Monatstary there are probably three Perl programmers that aren't registered.

      I didn't kow about Perl Monks until 2001 and I've been programming in perl since around 1990 (or earlier)

      Thanks to sifmole I finally found it and I've been encouraging other Perl programmers to come here.

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        And for every registered Monk there is at The Monatstary there are probably three Perl programmers that aren't registered.

        That sounds like a a huge underestimation to me.


        "The first rule of Perl club is you do not talk about Perl club."
        -- Chip Salzenberg

Re: Perl How Many
by ido50 (Scribe) on Aug 10, 2003 at 14:14 UTC
    Hey thanks for the info guys. Nice to know about the statistics site.

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Re: Perl How Many
by artist (Parson) on Aug 11, 2003 at 14:38 UTC
    Contributing users from Stats Page

    As of now
    Total 7306 users with writeups
    Total 2024 old Users who logged in last 30 days (Old=who existed before last 30 days).


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