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Re: No, "We" Don't Have to Do Anythingby Anonymous Monk
|on Feb 23, 2006 at 23:23 UTC||Need Help??|
Let's make a deal, then.
If people stop hyping Perl 6 as if it's wonderful and something I absolutely should start learning, then I'll stop critizing it.
You can't have it both ways. To hear the people working on the project talk, Perl 6 will be the greatest thing since sliced bread, it will slice, dice, and make jullianne fries, all while solving world hunger, and by the way, it will be out real soon now.
In reality, the spec isn't complete, the language has been under development for years with little sign of completion, and the hype is overblown.
It's hypocrisy to tell people that they need to start learning a system that's incomplete, and fragile, and then make promises about the future of that system that you don't intend to keep.
So, don't tell me about Perl 6 until it's done. Then, if it's any good, I'll learn your silly language. Don't bug me until then, stop shoveling hype and empty promises at me, and then, if what you've done is good, you'll get your praise and your thanks, with a deep measure of gratitude thrown in as well.
Bitching at people who complain about how long it takes is a lot like promising free coffee and donuts for a grand opening, then serving dirty dishwater and burnt toast instead, and griping at the people for being freeloaders when they came by to see what you had on offer and didn't like it. Yes, people thought they might get something nice for free. No, you don't owe them anything -- except the truth.
Wake me up when Perl 6 is done. Leave me alone until then. If it never finishes, I just won't care...