Plenty of people have said that Perl is dead. (Some of them post on this site.) Rather than looking in the rear-view mirror of book sales (and I keep arguing with our research group that we need to normalize that data to account for the huge sell-in spike for a frontlist title and the inevitable batch of returns three months later) or a naive search for “X programming”, Tim Bunce gathered job posting statistics and other information particular to the Perl community to demonstrate that the duct tape of the Internet is still alive and well.
Tim’s focus changes halfway through the video to discuss the development process of Perl 6 and how that’s sped up dramatically in recent months as well. Though the video’s difficult to read in places, it’s very much worth your time to watch, if for no other reason than Tim’s impressive and polite understatements, such as my personal favorite:
“The web development community tends to wear blinkers.”
Update: The link is Perl Myths Debunked.