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Re^2: Time to change the (Perl 6) guard!

by sri (Vicar)
on Jul 07, 2004 at 14:01 UTC ( #372383=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: Time to change the (Perl 6) guard!
in thread Time to change the (Perl 6) guard!

What's the estimated time of completion for Perl 6 now?

Leo Tötsch recently said that he expects it next year! :)


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Re^3: Time to change the (Perl 6) guard!
by elusion (Curate) on Jul 07, 2004 at 15:35 UTC
    Damian Conway also said that he hopes to have / expects a beta next year. Although the language specification isn't done yet, enough has been completed to start working on a beta.
      I made the same next-year prediction yesterday (and safe to use in 2006), but everyone seemed to think I was crazy.

      Perl 6 has already been worked on for years. If a computer language takes more than three years to create, it's being developed incorrectly, except in some cases if it's a special purpose language, which Perl is not supposed to be. The longer it takes, the the more likely it is that the niche will be filled by another product by the time it comes out. That's disastrous for development of a commercial product, and a huge waste of time for a free product created by volunteers.

      Ok, I just made up the 3 year time frame, but it feels right.

        If a computer language takes more than three years to create, it's being developed incorrectly,

        I look forward to using your language.

        PS, you can use Perl 6 when it comes out anyway.

        If a computer language takes more than three years to create, it's being developed incorrectly

        I can't think of any languages (except perhaps assemblys) that didn't take several years to evolve into a useful form. Maybe you can help me out? What general-purpose languages have been developed correctly?

        --
        F o x t r o t U n i f o r m
        Found a typo in this node? /msg me
        % man 3 strfry

        Wouldn't a special-purpose language take less time to create, since there is less need to make it general-purpose and flexible?

        Besides being inexperienced, I can't decide if you're confused or what. Are you a PHB in training?

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