Perl is not dead?
Thursday 21 July 2016 @ 8:46 am

So, is Perl still not dead, as I heard on the conferences in Pisa or Lisbon?

Let’s see some data.

Are people interested in it or using it – measured by google search trends:

Trendy Google perl Caly swiat 2004

Not good.

How about the newest Perl 6? (By the way: do people use Perl 6 in real, big projects? Please post examples in comments 🙂 )

Trends Google perl 6 World 2004

Not good either…

How about the great community repository – CPAN? (not to be confused with Szczepan 🙂  )

Trends cpan World since 2004


Perhaps all those people dumped Perl and started using PHP and Python…


Trendd perl, php, python, ruby,

WTF? They did not. PHP is declining too!

Python is on one level, rising just slightly. Going head to head with Ruby.

BTW: interesting article here about Perl and Python – but Python did nor rise as much as the author expected.

Maybe Javascript is the new black (you know you can use JS server side, strange, huh)? Perhaps, but – for example – Angular does not look too great on that chart above, compared to PHP, Python and Ruby.

Let’s look closer:

Trends angular, javascript, jquery

What? Javascript is going down too? And jQuery too? WTF? If everything goes down, what goes up then?

Yes, Angular rising a little, but come on, it is still nothing compared to JS, Python etc.

So maybe we’ll look at job trends?

php, perl, ruby, javascript, python Job Trends


Well… Perl going down fastest, but PHP and JS nearly as fast. Ruby is on the same level, after some ups and downs, and Python… rises.

If everything (except Python) goes down – what goes up? What language will be most popular in next years? Go? C-something, Swift? CoffeeScript or another JS-something? Please post your thoughts in comments.


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Perl, PHP, corporate – continued.
Wednesday 10 March 2010 @ 6:44 am

Remember when I wrote about Perl, Python and PHP taking bigger part in corporate world? Here is nice analysis that shows that PHP growth in this one particular job ads service is not linked to the growing search for “multilingual” developers (java or .net or C#, VB, ASP – and PHP) but for PHP-focused developers.

Other interesting thing is that the jaw-dropping chart shown in the “crashing the enterprise party.” article shows growth of given language job ads, not absolute number. See absolute number for opening your eyes 🙂

See, that absolute numbers show that Perl is higher than PHP and Python, although PHP and Pyhon are rising, while Perl is on one level.

One more thing – Savio compared PHP and other langs + PHP combbniations (see here). What if we add Perl? See. Wow.

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Perl as good as java, python and PHP way above
Wednesday 3 March 2010 @ 6:44 am

If we compare languages by number of jobs offers, and take into account just one site with job offers, we may think that:

Perl as good as java, python and PHP are way above

There are a few articles about growing popularity of open source and languages like PHP and Python in corporate world. See cnet, o’rly and gazeta (in Polish).

Until now, java and .NET seemed to be the most popular in corporate world. Now is time for Python, PHP, Perl, and open source solutions. For example Farmville, very popular online game, with million of users, is said to run on LAMP stack.

There is also opinion that companies like Zend or ActiveState give “corporate face” to open source. And yes, open source is not free (as free beer) – you often have to (or are willing to) pay for support, knowledge, contractors etc. (vide MySQL Enterprise).

But, returning to the title of this post – on the graph in cnet article– you can see that there is the same amout of job offers for java and perl developers, some more for .NET, much much more and rising for PHP and even more (and rising more) for python.

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Perl 5.10.1
Wednesday 14 October 2009 @ 6:52 am

Well, the perl 5.10.1 was released some time ago. It includes some nice features and some strange features.
I’m osting it in “future” category, as I do not intend to use it now. Neither 5.10. Why? It is being changed, and I like language I develop in to be more constant  🙂



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Perl – why not popular
Wednesday 30 September 2009 @ 6:53 am

My wife asked me: why did you choose perl? I told her that it is easy and robust, allows quick development, effective writing scripts that will be used just one time etc. To back it, I  gave a few examples: when you want to sort, you just use sort, no need to implementing it. When you wat to open file, you just open file. And those regexps – are awesome great.

Then, my wife asked me another question – ok, if it is so great, why do so few people and companies write in it?

This was question I couldn’t find answer for. I told her about that is not so easy to make .exe file from perl script, but as I heard strawberry perl is good in doing it. Or PAR. I’ll have to look closely at them both in near future. Anyway, in C/C++ it is the most natural way to run the program – to make executable of it 🙂 In Perl it is not the natural way. And some companies prefer to have executable files, for example to sell them 🙂

Anyway, that is good question: Why Perl is not so popular as C-something, or java?

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Advertise Perl with Gabor
Wednesday 23 September 2009 @ 6:42 am

Gabor Szabo made a perl ad server, you can display ads to advertise Perl on your website (as I do – you can see  them on the right sidebar, if you do not – turn off adblock 🙂 ).

To install this,  read more…

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Perl is dead – or is it not?
Wednesday 2 September 2009 @ 6:46 am

During the YAPC::EU 2009 conference in Lisbon, I heard many times that Perl is NOT dead. Interesting, I never considered Perl to be dead. It is funy thing about human brain, it skips the word NOT. So the message I got is: perl is dead. If so many people try to convince me that “perl is NOT dead”, there has to be a good reason that other people think it IS dead. What can this reason be? Old beliefs about perl? Rise of new languages like python, ruby, groovy?

And, more important for myself – what should I do?

There are several things:

What do YOU think about it?

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