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Damian Conway on Perl and its future

May 25, 2010, 23:02 (1 Talkback[s])


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"Greg: Many people are faced with managers who see Perl as a dying language - apart from "get a new job," what advice would you give to them to evangelise Perl?

"Well, first of all, see above.

"Also, they need to look at the issue from their manager's perspective. Many Perl developers see their goal as being to develop in Perl; their managers see their goal as being to develop cheaply, effectively, reliably, robustly, maintainably, quickly, and with as little risk as possible. In whatever language achieves all that.

"So Perl advocates need to focus their arguments for using Perl on those needs, rather than on their own desire to use Perl. In other words, they need to make a business case for Perl, rather than just a technical case.

"Such a business case might include the high number of extremely good programmers available for Perl development, the familiarity and skills of their existing team with Perl, the huge resource of free software that is CPAN, the large number of mature, powerful and scalable frameworks now available for Perl..."

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