Google Timeline is a wonderful tool! Here is a Google Timeline for the search “Perl” showing an exceptionally interesting trend:
It may seem like the recent efforts to market Perl, as well as the Perl Ironman blogging drive, is paying off big time in terms of online attention! The graph certainly sends a clear message that Perl is alive and kicking as never before.
Note: I tried to create comparative graphs for Ruby, Python and Java, but was left with enough noise from fake gems, snake attacks and earthquakes to fill several Hollywood movies. Any suggestions for good searches for comparison are welcome.
Note 2: Maybe this is just caused by some Google indexing algorithm gone bad, but a quick visual inspection of the first 100 hits indicated that the August and September hits are real Perl mentions. Is this a real empirical indication that the recent efforts are really paying off?