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The Planet Perl Iron Man Blogging Competition has come about because many people in the Perl community are getting concerned about the state of Perl. It is feared that the popularity of Perl is waning, and that it will become increasingly difficult to find gainful employment as a Perl programmer. I certainly hope that this isn’t going to be the case. Perl is an excellent language that can get the job done! Not to mention that my marketability will be severely hampered is Perl were to become obsolete. The general sentiment within the Perl community is that it is our responsibility to promote Perl, and increase its longevity together. I’m all for this, and am happy to do my part by blogging :)

As it stands right now, Perl is far from dead! There is a very active Perl community out there, and there always has been. I expect though, that it’s always been a community that isn’t to keen on touting their own horns. Let alone get in to promotion or marketing… yikes!

To prove that Perl is long from dead, I thought I’d list some of the big companies out there that are using Perl* in some capacity or another:

Do you know any other companies that are using Perl? Help the community out, and add them to the Perl 5 Wiki!

* Sourced from the Perl Jobs list, and the Perl 5 Wiki.

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  1. May 23rd, 2009 at 04:04 | #1

    Add Logitech to that list. The server for http://slimdevices.com/ is almost 500k lines of perl or so.

    In fact, I know of many, many companies that use Perl because I’ve given PAR support to them via email. That they contacted me directly and not via the PAR mailing list is probably a sign that Perl isn’t *the* sanctioned language of choice, but the tool they chose to simply get the job done. Furthermore, it’s maybe a sign I shouldn’t go trumpeting company names on the web. I know that the Perl+PAR combination is used in several large banks, in at least one pharma giant, several IC manufacturers, a huge chemical company, and a shop that builds nuclear power plants.

    I’d go as far as saying that any large company uses Perl in one way or another.


  2. Steffen Mueller
    May 23rd, 2009 at 04:06 | #2

    Oh. And don’t forget youporn!

    Never underestimate the load of a porn site.

    • May 23rd, 2009 at 12:54 | #3

      Thank you for your input Stephan! I agree that there are likely very many companies out there that keep perl in their tool box for when it’s the best choice, and that many of these companies aren’t shouting from the rooftops about it. I work for one of these organizations: Population Data BC. A perusal through the listings at Perl Jobs, shows a wide variety of companies, both large and small, that are looking to hire perl programmers. I didn’t realize youporn was running on perl… it does say a lot about perl’s power!

      @jt: I’m happy to hear perl had another participant!

  3. jt
    May 23rd, 2009 at 05:51 | #4

    I’d like your posted, and I got myself enlisted and doing self-boot camp.

    mabuhay Perl!

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