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Re^4: Perl 6 ... dead?

by duff (Vicar)
on Sep 02, 2004 at 20:46 UTC ( #388100=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Perl 6 ... dead?
in thread Perl 6 ... dead?

First, a few points

  • the community isn't rewriting the compiler, they are rewriting the language
  • the design of the language has never been secret
  • it's hard to open-source something that has no source yet

Do you begrudge Patrick and Luke some private time to get their act together? You'd rather that happen in public? Do you fear that they will head off in the wrong direction or that they will miss something vitally important before publicly releasing code?

Or are you afraid they'll waste time covering ground that's already been covered (as I glean from another post in this thread)? I see this as Patrick's time to ramp-up. Even if he covers already-covered ground that's okay because he's the one charged with doing the work and he needs to learn the things he needs to learn to get the job done.


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Re^5: Perl 6 ... dead?
by jryan (Vicar) on Sep 02, 2004 at 21:32 UTC

    Definitely point B. As I stated in the node that you're referring to, there's been a bunch of Perl6-related grammar engines over the last few years. For instance, take a look at this list, and then notice that the date was over 2 years ago. Since then, we've had: Perl6::Rules, japhy's Perl 6 Regex Parser attempt, Steve Fink's latest attempt, and now Patrick and Luke's attempt.

    Don't get me wrong, from what know from talking with Patrick a few weeks ago I definitely think he's on the right track. I have no doubt that he'll do a great job, but its just... *frustrating.* Almost every one of the dozen or so grammar engine attempts so far have been a solo or semi-solo act, and every single one is only partially completed. Many of them were just prototypes or toys, so that's ok, but this is going to be the real thing. I'm just a little worried that the same thing will happen. (that we'll have Yet Another Unfinished Engine)

      Oh, I see. Well, there's nothing stopping you from starting an independent effort to compete with Pm and Luke. :-)

        Why would I do that? I'm advocating a united effort, not more splintering!

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