in reply to Re^5: The Future of Perl 5
in thread The Future of Perl 5
The arrival of Modern Perl (both the style and the book) made a big difference too. As did the downfall of obfuscated code, the continuation of Perl workshops and conferences, and at some point the first QA Hackathon. Books like Perl Best Practices helped too (most people understood that the chapters were not to be followed religiously, but to provoke you to make a well-discussed decision).
The brain drain from Perl 5 to Perl 6 was minor, I think. Just one or two handfuls of people spent a lot of time on Perl 6. Later on, people from outside the Perl-community came in, like Jonathan Worthington.