Let’s see some data.
Are people interested in it or using it – measured by google search trends:
How about the newest Perl 6? (By the way: do people use Perl 6 in real, big projects? Please post examples in comments 🙂 )
Not good either…
Perhaps all those people dumped Perl and started using PHP and Python…
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.
Let’s look closer:
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?
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.
The quite usable version of Rakudo Perl 6 is planned to be released on spring (northern hemisphere’s Spring, probably 😉 ). We”ll see how useful it is and what one can do with it 🙂
On the other hand, Perl 5 is still being developed, and is very useful and commonly used. This gives Perl 6 developers no urge to do it faster. This may cause two problems:
- it may never be finished, as Duke Nukem Forever
- it may be finished, but not widely used (as some people like Perl 5, and others already switched to Python 😉 )
What do you think about Perl 6?