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Re^4: Think Perl 6 (new book)

by stevieb (Abbot)
on May 18, 2017 at 22:00 UTC ( #1190574=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Think Perl 6 (new book)
in thread Think Perl 6 (new book)

Because Larry Wall, the inventor and still current authority over the language Perl says so?

I still don't grasp what the issue is. Someone creates something; someone updates their thing into separate tracks; ...

I guess what I don't understand is why some people are so fundamentally angry about it. I would love to have all of the arguments laid out logically. Who cares what the new language is called realistically. I don't understand how it affects some people emotionally. It could be called (taking a quip out of "American Gangster") "Blue Dog Shit".

What's the difference? Why the hatred? Why does one care? What ties does one have to the name "Perl" that makes one so angry?

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Re^5: Think Perl 6 (new book)
by hippo (Abbot) on May 18, 2017 at 22:36 UTC
    Who cares what the new language is called realistically. I don't understand how it affects some people emotionally. It could be called (taking a quip out of "American Gangster") "Blue Dog Shit".

    At least that name would not cause the sort of confusion evident in Do i need really to update perl 5 to perl 6?

Re^5: Think Perl 6 (new book)
by shmem (Chancellor) on May 19, 2017 at 22:59 UTC
    I still don't grasp what the issue is.

    Perl's major release number is locked to 5 because of Perl6. Maybe that's what it is all about.

    perl -le'print map{pack c,($-++?1:13)+ord}split//,ESEL'

      Maybe they should do what SunOS/Solaris did and drop the first number. Next major release number would be 26 (e.g.). :-)

Re^5: Think Perl 6 (new book)
by 1nickt (Prior) on May 18, 2017 at 22:14 UTC

    Because Larry Wall, the inventor and still current authority over the language Perl says so?

    If that's sufficient for you, you are not Questioning Authority enough.


    The way forward always starts with a minimal test.
      If that's sufficient for you, you are not Questioning Authority enough.

      Now that is an interesting statement, all things considered.

Re^5: Think Perl 6 (new book)
by Anonymous Monk on May 19, 2017 at 15:45 UTC
    Someone creates something; someone updates their thing into separate tracks; ...

    If Larry Wall hadn't claimed Perl6 was the new version of Perl from the day after the mug throwing and spent the next ten years delivering nothing while still claiming it would deprecate Perl5, you might be right!

Re^5: Think Perl 6 (new book)
by Anonymous Monk on May 19, 2017 at 21:46 UTC
    "Because Larry Wall, the inventor and still current authority over the language Perl says so?"

    He has become a tyrant. And the people have spoken by roundly rejecting his product.

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