[tpm] Why perl lost steam...

Olaf Alders olaf at vilerichard.com
Tue Sep 21 08:10:39 PDT 2010

On 2010-09-21, at 10:14 AM, Dave Doyle wrote:

> While I do believe Perl has lost steam in the publics eye, I don't buy the hype.  CPAN is growing faster and faster (it's a curve).  This year's YAPC had about 70% of folk going to their first or second YAPC.  The ecosystem itself is doing just fine.
> That being said, I've looked and Django and Rails and they ain't my thing (neither is Catalyst for that matter).  But there are other options like Mojolicious and Dancer and as far as I'm concerned CGI::App still gets the stuff done.  I think Dancer would be an excellent way for newbies to get started in webdev in Perl.

I'm also not a huge fan of Catalyst, though I do use it for some projects.  Having said that, Dancer is ridiculously easy to get up and running and, for simple applications, it's a great way to get started.  The "hello world" app is up and running in just minutes. 

Also, Plack and, Plack::Middleware in particular, are also making development a *lot* easier for a lot of folks.  I'm going to do a lightning talk on Plack::Middleware and proxying.  With just a few lines of code you can get some amazing functionality.

Olaf Alders
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