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hah yeah, perl5 was basically perl's renaissance. the web took off and perl was basically used to glue it all together. they did go crazy with perl6 though, and i think a lot of the reason why python took off was because of the hole the perl developers left and google liked python.

it seems the performance problems in python can (and are) being fixed. the big downsides i see are the 2to3 mess (which seems like it will be solved with time), weak concurrency support in the default implementation and the lack of the ability to do much real static analysis.

makes for great interactive glue though!

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