Battle of the Braces omits Perl is planning a Battle of the Braces tournament-style hackathon at their headquarters in NYC. At the time of posting, Perl is not invited.

Admittedly, the profile of Perl on isn't huge compared to the four languages they did invite. Here is a comparison of the size of NYC meetup groups per language (with heavy overlap, I'm sure):

In contrast, the New York Perl Mongers meetup group is up to 250 members now that we've started holding talks again.)

Am I surprised that Perl is left out? Not really. A lot of the hackathon activity I've seen seems to be about: publicity for someone's API, VC's looking for the next killer app, or a recruiting opportunity for the many companies desperate for developers. For recruiting and API publicity, hackathon sponsors would naturally gravitate to the trendiest dynamic languages.

Should advocate for a spot in the contest? I have mixed feelings about it. Personally, I've got too much on my plate and too few tuits to chase after hackathons for glory. I wonder if many of the NY Perl Mongers are likewise busy getting things done and I have no idea who has hackathon experience. After all, if you're going to field some teams to represent a language, it's a good idea to work to get some good teams to participate. [Sadly, Plat_Forms was canceled this year.]

I'll bring this up at some of our meetups in April and see what people think.

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  1. Posted April 18, 2012 at 1:23 am | Permalink

    I think hackathons can be a good field testing of libraries - what works for quick prototyping what requires too much work etc.

    • Posted April 18, 2012 at 5:21 am | Permalink

      That's a good point, though I tend to answer those questions in the course of my ordinary work, too.

  2. Posted April 18, 2012 at 2:12 am | Permalink

    My question would be: Why is the Perl group so much smaller than the other groups?

    • Posted April 18, 2012 at 5:32 am | Permalink

      The Perl meetup group is relatively new and has been an experiment by the NY Perl community to attract a wider audience than historically was involved in community events coordinated solely by mailing list. It may be that other groups just have a head start, or it may reflect real differences in the prevalence of different languages in NY, or in the inclination of different language developers to seek out peers.

      Overall, the pattern is consistent with the kinds of language trends seen in the Activestate study I posted and also Github's language statistics.

      • Posted April 18, 2012 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

        The Perl meetup is so new and has had so few technical events. I'm somewhat surprised that there are only 250 members but I'm not at all surprised that there are significantly fewer members than the other well-established groups. I'm also a member of one of the NY Ruby groups but have never attended. It's much harder to compare active participation.

  3. Posted June 2, 2012 at 3:35 am | Permalink

    The Perl meetup group is relatively new

    • Posted June 2, 2012 at 7:03 am | Permalink

      True,the Perl meetup group is new, but Perl itself is not. ( actually was the first Perl monger group of all).

  4. Posted June 16, 2012 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Given than Python has no braces... can it compete in a battle of them?