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> I think what a lot of people mix up is that just because something isn't as big as it was before doesn't mean it's dead.

Something that may cause confusion is "acceleration" vs "velocity". Languages like Ruby are still accelerating, Go is accelerating a lot, even Javascript is accelerating from an already massive user base. Languages like Perl and Tcl are still widely used, but their adaption has peaked and is not accelerating.

From where I'm standing Perl is declining quite rapidly in systems administration, which probably is their largest "userbase" nowadays.

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