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    Is Perl a dead programming language?


    I was asking a programmer friend of mine (having a programming experience of more than 11 years) and he said that Perl is a dead language; is it true? Should I not prefer to learn it after I am done with Python?
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    Is this a troll?
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    You should learn whatever language you want, even dead ones like Aramaic, Ancient Egyptian, Lain, etc.
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    I have a much longer programming experience than your coilleague (about 25 years), and I disagree.

    I have used Python for a while and loved it, and it is a nice language, but I switched to Perl because I think it is better, actually much better, . But you don't have to agree with me on that, and none really cares.
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    The way I see it: Programming languages are no different from human languages. If you're in England, you must learn and know how to speak English. If you're in France, you must know how to speak French. It all depends on which circle you interact with. A French might know English, but not as much as an English would. A Python programmer might know Perl, but not as much. And, if you want entry into the Perl world, you would want to know Perl. Just because, rest of the world doesn't know the language spoken in a remote African village, doesn't mean the language is dead. It's just that the others don't know and appreciate it as much.
    Last edited by noobie1000; June 29th, 2013 at 12:00 AM.
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    Aside from any of that, look at the list of recent updates to perl modules at CPAN:

    http://search.cpan.org/recent

    Consider the changes made to the language. When I first began learning perl, it was version 5.6 I believe; and we are now at 5.18.

    Perl development is extremely active.
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    Also take a look at the rank of perl in tiobe.. It's below 10
    http://www.tiobe.com/index.php/conte...pci/index.html
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    All right, so I'll go learn Perl too! Thanks everyone.

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