Is Perl Still Relevant?: An interesting answer from Tim O’Reilly about whether or not he thinks Perl is still relevant.
In terms of the competitive landscape among programming languages, in addition to PHP, Python has long been gaining on Perl. From about 1/6 the size of the Perl market when I first began tracking it, it’s now about 2/3 the size of the Perl book market. The other scripting language (in addition to Perl, Python, and PHP) that we’re paying a lot more attention to these days is Ruby. The Ruby On Rails framework has taking the world by storm, and has gone one up on PHP in terms of making database backed application programming a piece of cake.
Note the compliment he pays to Ruby and Rails. I did some reading on Rails over the last few days, and it’s got me predicting we’ll soon see a new generation of Web developers who never learn SQL. Seriously — it’s one wicked database abstraction, among other things.