It still is, but there's some things that need saying. Some of this is going to touch on a subject I brought up a year and a half ago, and may re-spark some of it. I said I wouldn't do it, but hey, things change.
So the deal is, in my opinion Perl 5, as a language, is stagnant. There are maintenance releases, and sure, new features get added. But the adoption of new perl versions is glacial, due to the inherent slowness of updating large perl applications to work with the new features. If there's no budget to update the app, why update perl? No production environment I know of runs perlbrew, so it's still a case of "wait till the system perl updates". The most commonly seen version in the wild appears to be a flavor of 5.10 - we're on 5.16 already, last I checked.
So there's that. Then there's Perl6 which as of today is still mostly a thought experiment, sure, there's a few implementations that can do stuff, but nothing I'd put into a production environment. At the rate it's going, perhaps my 2 year old son will be able to write his first Perl6 app by the time he's 18.
Then there's still that lingering irritation. A year and a half ago I wrote a post ranting about the lack of documentation in Net::AMQP and AnyEvent::RabbitMQ; it pretty much started the shit-storm of the century. Sure, it wasn't the nicest of posts, and the followup posts I made weren't the nicest ones either, but I'm not known for my cheery personality. What I didn't expect at the time was that people were more willing to ignore the message in the post, and focus purely on the delivery - something they still do to this date; one commenter on the post turns out to be someone who responded to a job application I put in who then pulled a rather well known dick move of "not respond, at all, to any questions" afterwards. I seem to recall this person was appalled at how rude I was being. All I can say is Pot, meet Kettle. It didn't really matter though, I'm merrily writing perl code for someone else these days.
So the irritation, it got set off the other day because I do tend to add a lot of Perl people on Linkedin, not necessarily because I want to do business with them, but having an extended "Perl" network does help when people ask me if I know anyone who could do X - and I can then pass this on to the people I connected to. This means occasionally I'll get Linkedin telling me about people I might know, and I add them if I recognise their names as being part of the greater Perl community. So the other day I added someone new, because hey, he does do a few things. He emailed me about translating some things to Indonesian and since my Indonesian is atrocious, I pointed him towards an Indonesian perler I know by reputation as probably being a bit more safe option. Shortly after he wondered why my name was familiar and I mentioned that it was probably the posts I made a year and a half ago. "Oh the one where you called me a hypocrite" (paraphrased).
Well, yes, except I didn't outright call anyone a hypocrite by name, more that if you follow a certain course of action, that course is something I consider to be hypocritical. Predictably, after saying that and answering his "so why add me" question by saying that I might be a loud, rude bastard, but I don't hold grudges (It's the benefit of being a loud rude bastard, you get all your negativity out in one go, and there's none left to fester), things got very quiet because .apparently he didn't see it that way. That's fine, he's entitled to his opinions, but I consider it the sign of a closed mind.
Why bring that up again now? Because that email exchange had me think back and re-read my posts and their comments again. And wouldn't you know it, after a year and a half, the majority of comments from these "leaders" of the Perl community still irritate the everloving fuck out of me - mostly because if I'd write those posts again today, they'd still say the same things, in the same passive/aggressive manner they did before. In that whole exchange a year and a half ago there's exactly one person I respect for what he posted and that's because they argued a point (and after that my delivery, which I'm totally cool with).
And like a year and a half ago, I've spoken what's on my mind. Back to normality we go.