Something I wrote 10 years ago today: The end of Perl5 for me.

I think that Perl also started losing out due to lacks of basic welcoming and civility.

In the late 90s I worked in a Perl-only shop. Exciting times. Perl 5 had just come out, and Perl skills were in rising demand. People were helpful to each other.

Jump forward 7 or so years, and I started doing some Perl programming again. I had a question, and I went to Perl IRC network, found the right channel, and asked my question.

All I got was snark, insults, and several "clever" answers that, while factually correct, were intentionally useless.

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"Screw this," I thought. "It's time to learn Python."

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