What should the world know about Perl?


Jim Brandt of the Perl Foundation writes for input from the community.

At OSCON this year, on Wednesday night at 7 PM in Exhibit Hall 3, I'm participating in a Language Roundtable Session with representatives from some of the other popular open source languages. We're going to talk about some of the best and worst features of our preferred languages and how well they perform with different types of application development.


I know why I love Perl, and there's plenty of new activity in the "modern" Perl community to talk about. This is a great chance to let everyone know what great strides Perl has made. It's a chance to get people to take an up-to-date look at Perl. However I don't want to waste any time on "worst" features in other languages.

So what are the best features of Perl today? What do you want the OSCON audience to hear about?


Definitively you should present there Roles in Moose - this is entirely new concept in Object Oriented programming with only a few implementations to the date (smalltak, Moose and Perl6 - something else?). It's only a pity that Stevans latest ideas for functorisation of parametrized roles are still only concepts in his head (see http://stevan-little.blogspot.com/2009/07/thoughts-on-parameterized-roles.html). And I would not bother to /present anything else - presenting one real breakthrough idea is much stronger message then diluting it with a dozen of not so cutting edge thigs.

Hmm - on the other hand there are a few other things that could change peoples perception of Perl: the amounts of reports by Cpan testers, the recent announcement of the Microsoft testing farm available for CPAN authors, the Perl conferences and even more the Perl Mongers organisation with meetings all around the world. Tough choice.

I was thinking about this summer activity of CPAN. It's nice to check that perl people invest their time (probably at holidays) in improving or creating modules.

The reason may be found in the love sense of this people about Perl. I think this kind of emotions are not present in other languages, and this is the main strength that can make us more hopeful about our near future at Perl6 arena.

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