Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Joining The Perl Iron Man Program

Just noticed the Iron Man blogging Challenge at Enlightened Perl. Sounds fun - promoting Perl by blogging about it. Funny - that came up at work recently. The younger guys at work here are convinced Perl died a long time ago and I should be learning Python. "Have you noticed NO ONE is talking about Perl anymore?!" they chided. One thing that lead them to believe that (I think) was my homepage which had a programming republic of Perl icon which had been linked to perl.com for years. Since I force my web page to be the homepage for every server I manage, they see this site a lot (and they like it!). The Perl icon used to take you to this stale website that had all of the really old post dates plainly in view. (Funny - they have removed the post dates now.) But I wanted to convince them Perl wasn't dead (just Perl.com), so I changed my programming republic of Perl icon to point at a custom page of Perl links I threw together. It had active sites like Perl Buzz, Perl Monks, Planet Perl and Use Perl. I also included the [somewhat] nearby and very active Perl Monger Groups: St.Louis Perl Mongers and Purdue Perl Mongers. The guys here are not convinced yet, but maybe the Iron Man competition will throw Perl back on their radar and make it "fashionable" (to them) once again. Meanwhile, I'll still use it to "get things done". :-p

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