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Re: Perl 6 ... dead?

by talexb (Canon)
on Sep 01, 2004 at 17:58 UTC ( #387621=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Perl 6 ... dead?

I haven't read any of the other replies, so I may be repeating what others have said. In any case, Perl is not a corporate product with Marketing suits making up flashy ads and chatting up columnists. Perl is a grass roots kind of thing. You almost never hear 'hype' and 'Perl' in the same sentence.

Damian Conway came to Toronto and gave a great talk about Perl 6 a few weeks back. He was here two years ago talking about Perl 6, when it was 'eighteen months away'. It's still eighteen months away, but it seems that the extremely bright people working on it have ironed out many of the language problems, and the Parrot team are also making terrific progress. (As Damian said, we didn't make the 'make PHP run faster on Parrot than natively' bet in time for OSCON, but I think it's coming -- how cool is that going to be?)

Perl is not a fading star .. I see a long period where Perl 5.6 and 5.8 scripts co-exist with Perl 6 scripts. This funky language that I picked up on a whim in 1998 has now employed me for 6 years; the Perl community continues to grow; local Perl Mongers groups, Perl Monks and YAPC continue to thrive.

If you think that Perl os really only good for text processing, then I have to disgree -- that might have been its main strength years and years ago, but it truly is a Swiss Army chainsaw now. Like the Linux kernel and the GNU command line utilities, Perl has CPAN to keep it strong and vibrant.

I can't wait for the future .. because the future includes Perl!

Alex / talexb / Toronto

"Groklaw is the open-source mentality applied to legal research" ~ Linus Torvalds

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Re^2: Perl 6 ... dead?
by hardburn (Abbot) on Sep 01, 2004 at 20:18 UTC

    I see a long period where Perl 5.6 and 5.8 scripts co-exist with Perl 6 scripts.

    Hey, I'm still waiting for Perl4 to go away.

    Kidding aside, I think we'll see good reasons to write brand new code in Perl5 long after Perl6 is out. I suspect Perl6 won't scale down to simple tasks as well as Perl5 does (though it will almost certainly be better than C++ or Java). Most of the improvements in Perl6 are to get it to scale up better.

    "There is no shame in being self-taught, only in not trying to learn in the first place." -- Atrus, Myst: The Book of D'ni.

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