Perl - The Detroit of Scripting Languages

By Stevan Little (‎stevan‎)
Date: Tuesday, 4 June 2013 16:15
Duration: 45 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English
Tags: broken_windows drive_by_shootin last_updated_on_april_8_2000 perl_people_still_use_that urban_blight

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Perl's community and ecosystem is one of the most developed of all the open source programming languages. For example, we have a unified conference system, ACT, which is used by over 20 Perl conferences and workshops worldwide every year to manage registration, talk submissions, scheduling, and more. We have multiple CPAN mirrors on every continent with the exception of Antartica. We have an enterprise-scale, community-wide bug tracking system, rt.cpan.org, freely available for any module uploaded to CPAN and for perl itself. We have a robust and easily searchable front-end for CPAN, metaCPAN, providing not only great access to documentation, source code, and module metadata, but also offering a sophisticated web-service API that allows easy information mining from the large collection of modules on CPAN. We have several cooperating non-profit & for-profit foundations and hundreds of user groups all over the world, all dedicated to the pursuit of Perl.

TL;DR: we have a whole bunch of really, really cool stuff!

So I must ask: If the Perl community has all this cool stuff, why then do so many of us often hear "Wait, Perl, people still use that??!?" when we talk about our favorite language? Come to this talk and we'll discuss why this might be.

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