in reply to Perl advocacy, CGI/ModPerl vs ASP/JSP
I think a big problem at the moment is that hosting providers will not load mod_perl on shared hosting plans. I've often heard the argument from ISPs saying that any process can grow uncontrollably and take all a server's memory and/or CPU resources, which could theoretically mean one user could destabilize the machine for hundreds of users quite easily.
However, mod_perl 2 is supposed to do something about this. I think this is a very important step. If mod_perl 2 can find it's way onto most major shared hosting providers, then we'll see it's usage increase and, hopefully, we'll see more and more people using mod_perl instead of the traditional Perl/CGI route which will put Perl back on the speed map again in terms of web programming.