in reply to Perl is dead
So, perhaps a related question could supply either some validity to the premis, or at least some additional considerations as to the conclusion. "Why, when, & for What- do you prefer perl over language X?".
Personaly, I enjoy the "downward" scalability of perl as much or more than any other feature. When is the last time you needed a simple conversion program and didn't want to bother with the whole .NET framework or the MS Foundation Class, etc. What's the last BATCH file you scrapped because it fell just short of the required capabilities? Yes, I know these are more Win issues than *NIX, but maybe perl is not dead, but morphing... into an OS independent utility language, rather than a full-scale major project developement language.
Give me a user suported fast, functional tool ANYDAY, over a GATES-ified behemoth that is only half-fast at best. These are just the things that attracted me to perl in the first place, lets exploit them. Does the world really need an OO capable scripting language? I'd suggest that better marketing may prove more benificial that additional features. Juat a thought..... Thanks.