On Fri, Oct 8, 2021 at 4:00 PM Duke Normandin <dukeofp...@gmx.com> wrote: > > On Fri, 8 Oct 2021 15:53:56 +1100 > Chris Angelico <ros...@gmail.com> wrote: > > [snip] > > > > Good to know! This Pike noob was getting worried! It just > > > seemed to me - at first glance - that Pike should be as popular > > > in the Web development domain as Ruby for example. I was > > > beginning to think that Pike was all but buried! > > > > Hmm, Pike's a bit more niche than Ruby, so it's never going to be > > quite as popular or as visible. But it is incredibly useful, and > > as such, won't die easily :) > > Out of curiosity, what IS Pike's niche? For some reason I always > supposed that it was web back-ends.
That and MUD servers, largely. It's also very good at eternal uptime (since it makes on-the-fly updates easy). I use Pike for my MUD server, my MUD client, my Twitch channel bot, and a variety of other things. Of course, it's also a general-purpose language with a rich standard library, so there'll be times when it's the right choice even if it isn't specifically its niche (for example, I have a savefile analyzer for Europa Universalis IV written in Pike, partly to take advantage of socket services and async I/O, and partly because of the LR Parser module). > BTW, IS there an IRC channel for Pike users? Not sure. I don't use IRC, other than for my Twitch bot. ChrisA