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Is Perl Still Relevant?

Since Perl 6 has been gestating for some time, while other languages are moving forward at breakneck speed, some might wonder if Perl is still relevant. Tim O'Reilly addresses the question and the popularity of Perl books vs. other languages. The short answer is, "yes" — Perl is still relevant. (Just ask any of the many companies and organizations that are developing new applications in Perl.) But, Perl does have plenty of competition, according to O'Reilly: In terms of the competitive landscape among programming languages, in addition to PHP, Python has long been gaining on Perl. From about 1/6 the size of the Perl market when I first began tracking it, it's now about 2/3 the size of the Perl book market. The other scripting language (in addition to Perl, Python, and PHP) that we're paying a lot more attention to these days is Ruby. The Ruby On Rails framework has taking the world by storm, and has gone one up on PHP in terms of making database backed application programming a piece of cake.

Since Perl 6 has been gestating for some time, while other languages are moving forward at breakneck speed, some might wonder if Perl is still relevant. Tim O’Reilly addresses the question and the popularity of Perl books vs. other languages.

The short answer is, “yes” — Perl is still relevant. (Just ask any of the many companies and organizations that are developing new applications in Perl.) But, Perl does have plenty of competition, according to O’Reilly:

In terms of the competitive landscape among programming languages, in addition to PHP, Python has long been gaining on Perl. From about 1/6 the size of the Perl market when I first began tracking it, it’s now about 2/3 the size of the Perl book market. The other scripting language (in addition to Perl, Python, and PHP) that we’re paying a lot more attention to these days is Ruby. The Ruby On Rails framework has taking the world by storm, and has gone one up on PHP in terms of making database backed application programming a piece of cake.

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