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Re^3: Perl 6 was released years ago

by mpeppler (Vicar)
on Nov 01, 2004 at 08:47 UTC ( #404239=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Perl 6 was released years ago
in thread Perl 6 was released years ago

You'd be surprised...

I had a query the other day from someone using perl 5.000 (yes, that's right) and sybperl 2a7 (that's an alpha release), all 10 year old code, and running on Solaris 8....

I very strongly advised them to upgrade (I can't count the number of bugs fixed in sybperl, let alone perl in the last 10 years!)...

Michael

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Re^4: Perl 6 was released years ago
by bunnyman (Hermit) on Nov 01, 2004 at 17:03 UTC

    Maybe I'm sticking my head in the sand, but I want to call that a "special situation."

    *sigh*

      Sure - it's a special situation (or at least, it is special to that company - a fairly large financial institution, IIRC).

      But my point is that 10 year old software is and will be used in production in a lot of places. I see this with Sybase, where old(er) versions are being EOL'd (i.e. bugs found won't be fixed, etc), but that doesn't really stop a lot of places from still running various versions of 11.0.x (ca. 1995), because the system works, they don't need any of the new features introduced in later versions, and upgrading can be a huge pain for 24x7 shops.

      Michael

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