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Perl 6 documentation (Re^2: To monks who are interested in contributing to Perl 6 but are not now doing so. What is stopping you?)

by raiph (Hermit)
on May 16, 2013 at 20:52 UTC ( #1033899=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: To monks who are interested in contributing to Perl 6 but are not now doing so. What is stopping you?
in thread To monks who are interested in contributing to Perl 6 but are not now doing so. What is stopping you?

Updated Nov 2013. Reformatted, tweaked content, mentioned videos and jnthn's slides.

Added Dec 2013. re: 'internal architecture/design for hackers'.

If you last looked more than 18 months ago, I'd say the doc situation has significantly improved. There isn't a complete manual by any means, but perhaps what is now in place is enough to get some folk up to speed.

New since summer 2012 or thereabouts:

Of course, some doc related projects started more than a year ago have been further developed. Most notably, Larry Wall, with help from a few others, has pushed the count of Perl 6 Rosettacode entries to around 600.

(Talking of Larry, he has said he is working toward publishing an O'Reilly book, a Perl 6 equivalent of the Perl 5 "bible" Programming Perl.)

With all that said, a word of caution. If by "user" you mean relying on Perl 6 the way someone might rely on Perl 5, things are far, far from that. Perl 6 won't be able to support users and doesn't need contributors in the way that Perl 5 supports users and needs contributors; Perl 6 can only support users willing to work with it despite its many weaknesses and relatively high rate of change from release to release.

Hth someone!


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Re: Perl 6 documentation (Re^2: To monks who are interested in contributing to Perl 6 but are not now doing so. What is stopping you?)
by Anonymous Monk on Dec 24, 2013 at 17:56 UTC
    "a solid start of what may become" ?

    What is so defective in perl-6 that you believe that is acceptible? Is that supposed to make people happier about perl-6? Why not tell people "oh the source code documents itself" and admit that you hate the users you don't have? What is so hard to admit about that?

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