[San-Diego-pm] jobs available, going unfulfilled
tkil at scrye.com
Wed Sep 22 13:56:06 PDT 2010
merlyn at stonehenge.com (Randal L. Schwartz) writes:
> Twice in the last two days, two different organizations in the
> greater LA area approached me to help them find folks to fill
> mid-level Perl hacking slots (varying between IT and webdev). They
> both said "it's getting *very* hard to find people."
> Now, I'm really curious. Why is this?
> Is it a supply problem, or a demand problem, or both?
> As in, are there fewer Perl programmers here but the same demand?
> Or the same (or more) Perl programmers here, but even more demand?
> Or something else entirely?
> By the way... I'm not trying to make a buck out of this. I'm just
> trying to help people who ask me to help, and I'm also genuinely curious
> about the state of hiring in the Perl community, particulary in LA since
> I'm also working here for a while.
I'm not entirely up to date on things, but I've seen the "Desperate
Perl Hacker" meme show up a couple of times lately, e.g.,
I agree with others that point out more languages in the same basic
space, some of which are considered "sexier" than Perl (or, at least,
There's also the fact that, whether for good reason or no, Perl 6 is
taking most of a decade to come out; as Menolly mentioned, that's eons
in tech business. That contributes to Perl seeming out of date,
regardless of the fact that Perl 5 is still evolving, improving, and
getting regular releases.
Myself, I've spent most of the last 5 years doing C++ and Java. :-/
One other factor that might influence the availability of Perl
programmers is an overall decline in programmers brought up in the
command-line culture. Most programmers trained after about 1990-1995
likely grew up in IDEs, not on the command line.
Without that culture, and with limited support for Perl in most IDEs,
I wouldn't be surprised to find that younger programmers would trend
away from Perl.
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