Is this the death of Perl?
Sensationalist title I know but I work, at least for the minute, for a newspaper company that’s just been bought out. Now I’m fairly sure that our new corporate overlords will have no requirement for two web development departments. Meaning at least one of us is for the chop and they are the larger company buying the smaller one, so centralising to their own resources seems likely to be the way they’ll go.
We have a strong development team here, with a great work ethic, who all love working with modern (enlightened) Perl. However only a cursory look at the Jobs market around our location shows us that there aren’t very many openings for experienced Perl developers. Sure there are some around London, but outside of the big bad city there seems to be very few and for most of us relocating simply isn’t an option due to family commitments.
So being that we’re all competent developers switching to a different language isn’t a massive issue to us from a technical point of view but we’ve given some of the best years of our lives to Perl and the community surrounding it. Abandoning it, even only on a professional level, seems like it’s almost more gut-wrenching than the likely ensuing redundancies.
So is this the death of Perl for me/us? Perhaps and it’s gutting.