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This also shows one of the things that Perl was great at in the past: Personalities. Despite "Just Another Perl Hacker" being a common meme, there were some people who just stood out. Wall, Schwartz, Christiansen, Conway.

I think this is important for a language and IMHO current Perl can't compete with that. For a while Ruby had a pretty colorful and productive batch, and of course Go has some elder statesmen of the industry.

JavaScript... Well, it certainly has a lot of coaches.

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