The public image of Perl varies quite a lot. Some think of it as an ancient, cryptic, write-only language for CGI-scripts, others of the wonders of CPAN, others again about the human genome project, others about the wildly varying degree of 90'sness of the Perl websites.
On the 24th anniversary of the release of Perl 1.000 The Perl Foundation has published the grant proposals that are currently up for discussion - here are 3 of the 4 proposals:
- raidlax - raid5-style redundancy above the filesystem
- recogniser - responsible applications of entropy
- Still - perl-controlled alcohol distillation system
I dare you not to laugh while reading those!
Highly entertaining - or tragic? Perhaps a big honking joke? I doubt they are good publicity for Perl, regardless.
Anyway, that might not be so important.
Or, hopefully people will think April 1st came twice this year.