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in thread Customers concerned about Web development using Perl

That is -of course- a legitimate concern. However it is not perl-specific. If your system would work with PHP, the concern would be the same.

If PHP weren't as popular, the concern might be the same.

One of the questions that a serious client is going to ask themselves is, "If the vendor goes bust and I inherit the code base (because I was smart enough to write an escrow agreement into the contract), am I going to be able to find people with sufficient skill, and at a reasonable rate, to maintain and extend the product?"

That's an easier Yes if you're dealing with Java, C#, and maybe PHP and Rails.

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Re^3: Customers concerned about Web development using Perl
by CountZero (Bishop) on Jun 23, 2010 at 16:00 UTC
    " ... am I doing to be able to find people with sufficient skill, and at a reasonable rate, to maintain and extend the product?"

    That's an easier Yes if you're dealing with Java, C#, and maybe PHP and Rails.

    What makes you think that?

    Perl programmers are not that rare, nor --I think-- that expensive.

    It is not because there are more Java/C#/PHP/Rails programmers that it will be any less painful to find someone willing to maitain an "inherited" codebase.

    CountZero

    A program should be light and agile, its subroutines connected like a string of pearls. The spirit and intent of the program should be retained throughout. There should be neither too little or too much, neither needless loops nor useless variables, neither lack of structure nor overwhelming rigidity." - The Tao of Programming, 4.1 - Geoffrey James