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Perl use down 20%?

by hakkr (Chaplain)
on Aug 04, 2005 at 13:03 UTC ( #480804=perlnews: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Monks, What do you think about this heresay. PHP,Perl,Python on the wane

Given a recent survey said that a third of correspondants lie in surveys anyway:)

I think the counter argument for PHP would mostly apply to Perl as well

Considered by hakkr: toreap apparently a duplicate
Unconsidered by Arunbear: keep votes prevented reaping (Keep/Edit/Delete: 15/0/20). Not a true duplicate anyway.

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Re: Perl use down 20%?
by cog (Parson) on Aug 04, 2005 at 13:39 UTC
Re: Perl use down 20%?
by ww (Archbishop) on Aug 04, 2005 at 14:16 UTC
    What is the surveyor's bias: do they peddle, promote or have some prospect of pecuniary gain if their survey persuades (someone) to use pascal, lisp, farsi or ???

    Well, no, actually I don't care, but asking these questions is good practice when evaluating polls/surveys/etc...

Re: Perl use down 20%?
by talexb (Canon) on Aug 05, 2005 at 01:16 UTC
      Monks, What do you think about this heresay

    I'm not sure if that's supposed to be heresy or hearsay. In either case, I don't put much stock in surveys .. and was this survey conducted over the Internet? Yikes.

    I'd put much more trust in a show of hands at a developer conference -- at least that measures the people actually using the tools and not the PHBs as much.

    Alex / talexb / Toronto

    "Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

Re: Perl use down 20%?
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 04, 2005 at 13:25 UTC
    Considering that IT has been seeing a decline that past years, specially in dot-com companies and web related activities, I'm not at all surprised to see a drop in any usage in the IT world, specially not if it's used a lot in web related activities. So, Perl, PHP, Python going down isn't a surprise. Is it 5%? Is it 10% Is it 20%? Who knows. Should I care? No.
Re: Perl use down 20%?
by dws (Chancellor) on Aug 05, 2005 at 05:14 UTC

    EDC polled 400 developers in small, medium and large enterprises.

    I wonder which small, medium, and large enterprises were selected (and why), and how they qualified "developer".

Re: Perl use down 20%?
by monarch (Priest) on Aug 05, 2005 at 12:42 UTC
    So what if Perl use is down?

    Business will still want to invest in products that will be purchased by a developing community. If the RATE of development is slowing, then sure the consumption of new products will decrease, but new products are needed anyway.

    Besides, reports like that are so fickle.

    update: let's go back to C. The world was better then.

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