TapPerl has become the COBOL of web design

That is the fascinating last line of a short review of the use of programming languages based on the Freshmeat project rosta. The gist is that C, C++, Shell and Lisp remain solid, Perl and Tcl have stagnated, Ruby hasn’t matched its early promise but major growth is occurring in Python and Java. The factor keeping Perl alive is the significant legacy base. One notable omission from the review is PHP, a language that is much reviled but probably has similar characteristics to Perl.

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