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Re^2: Perl 6 was released years ago

by Mr. Muskrat (Canon)
on Oct 31, 2004 at 20:00 UTC ( #404159=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Perl 6 was released years ago
in thread Perl 6 was released years ago

I think you are forgetting one important thing. Perl6 is being designed to be a twenty (or even fifty) year language. There should not be a need (nor want) for a Perl 7.

Update: Although, going back to Apocolypse 1, I see that there will be a Perl 7 and that Perl6 is the prototype. So instead my last sentence should say "There should not be a need (nor want) for a Perl 7 for a very long time".

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Re^3: Perl 6 was released years ago
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 01, 2004 at 09:26 UTC
    Perl5 was also supposed to be the last rewrite of Perl. It was designed to be extendible, without a frequent need to update the core. Development of perl6 started less than 6 years after the release of 5.000. So, I guess the main reason to not expect development of perl7 to have started in 2012 is that it's unlikely that perl6 will be released before 2006. ;-)

      Was Perl 5 really supposed to be the last rewrite?

      Was it designed, at all? ;)

      Juerd # { site => '', plp_site => '', do_not_use => 'spamtrap' }

        It depends on what you mean by "designed". If Perl 5 had been designed the way Perl 6 is being designed, you might still be waiting for it. :-)

        But to answer your first question last, I think that the designer of Perl 5 was short-sighted enough that it didn't even occur to him to ask himself whether Perl 5 was supposed to be the last rewrite. The guy designing Perl 6 is a little smarter. Fortunately, or unfortunately...

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