Lately I've been seeing comments in various forums along the following lines: 1. Perl 5 is a dead language 2. Perl 5 is going to be replaced by Perl 6 so there is no point in using Perl 5. I think these are a serious problem for the language and the community. When college teachers are saying that teaching PHP makes more sense because Perl is a dead language there is a problem. When the people who should know better think that Perl 5 is end-of-lifed because of Perl 6 then there is a problem. When the internal politics of the Perl community lead to more Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt than a focused Microsoft attack campaign there is something wrong. I dont know where else to post this. Maybe there is a better forum with a wider audience, maybe i should be writing talk proposals for a YAPC, I dont know. But im frustrated by the whole situation. The lack of production worthy deliverables from the Perl 6 project combined with poor PR is in my opinion causing serious harm to Perl in the market. We need to counteract this. We need to make it clear to the market that Perl 5 isnt going anywhere until Perl 6 has proved itself in a production setting. We need to make it clear that Perl 5 is not dead, not sleeping, and not going anywhere. Or somebody needs to tell me that all of this is wrong and where to go for Perl 5s funeral. Yves -- perl -Mre=debug -e "/just|another|perl|hacker/"