i notice that this forum gets a tiny burst of activity about once a week. before posting this thread, the last couple posts here were made 9 days ago. then the next few were 17 days ago. and this pattern seems to be the same with other multi-language programming forums, that i've seen.
besides this anecdotal observation ... 5.8 has been around now for how long? 8 years? after the last announcement (that i recall) in 2005, that 6.0 was "about to be released"... it's hard to believe anything that anyone involved in this project says anymore. nobody seems to know what they're even doing.
I think it's safe to say that Python has for some time now been a complete system to replace Perl ... and probably better.
the only point in using Perl anymore seems to be that of personal preference or, more accurately, "emotional attachment"
What's it going to take for the tech community to finally let Perl go?