Turning off the smiley-face mode, let me say that on the topic of why Perl is a valid choice, I think the availability of tools or lack thereof does matter. One thing that the Agile movement has (re)discovered is the value of people over process. While that is true, managers of all stripes in all businesses still seem to want a magic bullet and get very excited about platform and tools -- probably because they are tangible when lists of abstract pros and cons are not always so easy to appreciate. That's an important consideration in making a case for a certain language.
Look at the Software Magazine 2005 Jolt Awards. While I'm sure there's guru/advertiser bias, still, how many of those are for Perl, specifically? How many are written in Perl? If there are -- it was certainly hard to tell. Why doesn't Perl get more credit in this area?
Perl has some good tools beyond just CPAN. To expand the attractiveness of Perl to IT managers, it's well worth playing up the tools it provides. Articles like the original post would be stronger for an articulation of the Perl tool chain as well.
Of course, good managers will always benefit more from good tools than bad managers will -- that's almost a truism. But good tools can help good managers allocate their time more wisely.
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Re^5: Why Perl is a Valid Choice
by brian_d_foy (Abbot) on Feb 01, 2006 at 00:26 UTC