A co-worker asked recently me asked me: "Isn't Perl dead?" It isn't, many people and companies are using it, but no one talks about it.
(German) Universities are teaching Java. Noone knows why, but they do and I'm pretty sure they teach more than Hello Worldin Java. Business people like Java because... well, for no obvious reason except it must be good if everybody is learning it.
Over 800.000 people (about 1% of the population) committed crimes in 2011 in Germany - according to Destatis. Violating laws must be good, because everybody is doing it :-)
Perl doesn't seem to be an "entry language" any longer. Few companies using Perl are listed in the
ugly official Perl wiki - but most aren't. Companies using Perl include Amazon.com, bbc.co.uk, Priceline.com, Craigslist, IMDb, LiveJournal, Slashdot, Ticketmaster, Denon, TBWA, Citrix, Casio, Panasonic, United colors of Benetton, Comcast, NBC Universal, Boeing, Cisco, Microsoft, Nokia, Verizon, Deutsche Bank, Standard & Poors, Adidas, L'Oreal, Nike, many major US universities, and some other - who doesn't want anybody to know. Why? Even the current US President Barack Obama is using Perl for running his homepage & blog (well, maybe not personally).
Gabor Szabo started a list of well-known (and smaller) applications based on Perl. It's far away from being complete, so please tell him what's missing.
If you're using Perl - please tell people about it! Add yourself to the Perl wiki or Gabor's list or put one of the free "Powered by Perl" logos on your page.
If you want to try it, just start if you're using Linux (no big Linux distribution runs without it) or download Strawberry Perl for free if you're using Windows.