Tips on perl.org
Why does perl.org dis on other languages?
"Perl -- It's like Java, only it lets you deliver on time and under budget."
Are you kidding me? Is that what we're about?
Instead, why don't we be critical about ourselves?
Did anyone notice that perl.org is just now looking like a site designed in the 90's?**
I hope the marketing committee takes their role seriously. Perl needs an identity that can carry it into the future. It's as if nobody wants to admit that a 5k - 15k grant to a GOOD designer to redesign a handful of our sites will do more for perl than half of the grant proposals currently out there. Instead of being passive and waiting for someone to propose a redesign we should have gone out and FOUND someone to do this years ago.
Take a look at the Rails 3.0 Release Notes. How freaking slick is that site? Not to mention usable, thought out, and timely. Instead of bashing Java, Ruby has embraced it and some pretty cool things have resulted in it.
Did you know that to some people a "pretty" site influences their judgement regarding the language/topic at hand? The fact that you're reading this probably means you could care less, but it's not about you anymore. We need to be reaching out if we want to keep this dusty language and culture alive. Sure, it might mean our culture changes in the process, but it sure as heck beats stagnation.
Perl is a great language and after reading the Perl 6 advent series I'm equally stoked for what's the come.
I'm not defending Java, and I'm not drunk on the Ruby punch. My thoughts are disorganized and I've probably got a few things wrong in this post. I'm sure others have argued these same points before, much more eloquently and effectively. I just had to get this off my chest. These things (and more) have bothered me for a long time.
I want to see Perl stay relevant. I want others to flock to this language because we have poised it to be welcoming and inviting. I want Perl to be seen as "cool" -- I think it is. I also think we can do a better job of selling it.
** no offense to whomever redesigned the site. It's definitely an improvement over what we had