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Isn't that nice?by frankus (Priest)
|on Aug 30, 2002 at 11:14 UTC||Need Help??|
Perl6 has left me cold. In fact at first I thought someone had been taken in by this old chestnut.
The comparisons are scary, perhaps they were meant to be.
Like most of Perl programmers I know, I'm a pragmatist.
So like most at Conway Hall last night, there to listen to Damian Conway describe Perl6,
I was sceptical.
The pervading theme of the talk, that lasted three and a half hours was this: less syntactic sugar, more syntactic vitamins.
The power has increased, so keywords may be longer but the program needs fewer for the same functionality.
A lot of the work is removing niggles and adding stuff that people have wanted in Perl, indented heredocs, case statements, exceptions.
Not all the news was good, or rather immediately palatable.
Thanks to Damian, London.pm and the Perl Foundation for an excellent thought provoking evening.
The title refers to Damian's conclusion to each glimpse into the toy-store that will be Perl6.