Another Perl's doomsday statistics?






I'm thinking no. Yes, Perl hasn't gained market share. It tends to stabilize these last three years, see especially if you see the contributors graph. But Perl was way too popular back then anyway, due to lack of alternatives for web languages (which is bad, in some ways). Come to think of it, there should be a lot more PHP and JavaScript developers than Perl developers, right?


One fairly obvious thing to note is that the site "" doesn't seem to follow many Perl projects. I found only one module. Also, it seems to regard github forks of the same thing as different projects. I think these numbers and graphs are not really meaningful.

Sorry, the above should say "I found only one CPAN module". I searched for a wide variety of CPAN modules on the site but only found one of them there.

I think the github languages bar is based on number of forks. Ruby is more popular than Python plus Perl. It also makes shell scripting more popular than Perl, PHP and C. Do you know of any major open source projects written in shell script? Any websites written in shell script?

I think that is not useful information.


Also remember a lot of us write Perl and JS, so these 2 languages don't compete with each other.

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