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Perl Language Center?

Its sad to see that Yahoo has followed Google with its disregard for the large Perl development community by not providing Perl APIs, Perl resources or a Perl Language Page like you have for Java, Ruby, Flash, Silverlight, Python, .NET and ColdFusion. Perl is at least as, if not more, suited for web development than these languages, and the CPAN provides modules for just about any conceivable requirement of the Yahoo APIs. There are also more than 600 modules for interfacing with Yahoo services on the CPAN, which is surely related to Yahoo leaving us to our own devices instead of providing us detailed guidelines and hints, like they do for every other major dynamic or scripting language (going so far as to provide official APIs for them).

I'm sure Perl developers would rather use officially sanctioned Yahoo APIs to access Yahoo services instead of modules created from documentation and from reading the official (other language) sources. Why was this not considered, or if considered, rejected? Perl, despite rumours to the contrary, is not dieing, or dead, nor harder to read or maintain than any other language and has a vibrant and growing community. Also, Perl is not stalled waiting for Perl 6, and Perl 5.10 is a fairly major update to the language, showing Perl 5's continued vitality. Reinforcing this is the continued growth of CPAN, with standouts like Moose for CLOS-level Object Orientation and numerous quality application and web frameworks such as Catalyst which easily equal RoR or Django in scope and utility.

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  • Hi special_monkey_vegas,

    Thank you for the suggestion. With the language centers, we unfortunately cannot add support for all possible development languages and what it comes down to is the amount of internal support we can get for developing products under a particular language (to build APIs or relevant samples and links), the requests for a supported language we see from our user base, and other such criteria. I used to work in a PERL shop so I'm very aware of the community behind it and that the language is not dead. It's not that the language center was rejected, it just comes down to resources, support and requests.

    - Jon

    QUOTE (special_monkey_vegas @ Jun 5 2009, 11:15 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Its sad to see that Yahoo has followed Google with its disregard for the large Perl development community by not providing Perl APIs, Perl resources or a Perl Language Page like you have for Java, Ruby, Flash, Silverlight, Python, .NET and ColdFusion. Perl is at least as, if not more, suited for web development than these languages, and the CPAN provides modules for just about any conceivable requirement of the Yahoo APIs. There are also more than 600 modules for interfacing with Yahoo services on the CPAN, which is surely related to Yahoo leaving us to our own devices instead of providing us detailed guidelines and hints, like they do for every other major dynamic or scripting language (going so far as to provide official APIs for them).

    I'm sure Perl developers would rather use officially sanctioned Yahoo APIs to access Yahoo services instead of modules created from documentation and from reading the official (other language) sources. Why was this not considered, or if considered, rejected? Perl, despite rumours to the contrary, is not dieing, or dead, nor harder to read or maintain than any other language and has a vibrant and growing community. Also, Perl is not stalled waiting for Perl 6, and Perl 5.10 is a fairly major update to the language, showing Perl 5's continued vitality. Reinforcing this is the continued growth of CPAN, with standouts like Moose for CLOS-level Object Orientation and numerous quality application and web frameworks such as Catalyst which easily equal RoR or Django in scope and utility.
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  • Oh that was a lame response! PERL is not just another language. PERL is the glue of the web. We are not asking for COBOL support or bash this is a major
    language that was probably catapulted to fame as the CGI of choice. In fact if you say you use CGI scripts it is assumed you mean PERL.

    So how about perl support?
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  • Hi James,

    You may see it as a lame response but I'm just going to reiterate the same point - this comes down to resources and the amount of requests that come to us for the features - we can't do everything everyone may want. Support such as this has to be prioritized based on the need and the community requests for it. Sadly, we don't have very many requests from our developers / partners to support their use of PERL. This does not mean this will not be coming in the future - but for now I have absolutely no information on the intent to create a PERL language center.

    - Jon

    QUOTE (jamesforte @ Jun 24 2009, 06:48 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
    Oh that was a lame response! PERL is not just another language. PERL is the glue of the web. We are not asking for COBOL support or bash this is a major
    language that was probably catapulted to fame as the CGI of choice. In fact if you say you use CGI scripts it is assumed you mean PERL.

    So how about perl support?
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