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Re^2: Perl is dying

by rodion (Chaplain)
on Jul 16, 2006 at 14:27 UTC ( #561573=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Perl is dying
in thread Perl is dying

The link that theobtwo identified is well worth looking at, especially the second reply by Peter Scott.

There is definitely a need for a pre-packged collection of those modules with features that are expected to be part of Perl6, but exluding the filters and such that are not production-level reliable. As Peter Scott observed in that link,How Does a Programming Language Stagnate, ease of use by those who don't yet have extensive knowledge is an area where Perl5 could use some catching up reletive to competitors. Among other things, he says

So you've got to be clued into which "hip" modules to load just to get Perl behaving the way many people think it should. The standard documentation doesn't have a roadmap leading people in this direction; they pretty much have to dig around and keep up with the latest Perl news and books.
While the synopses and exegeses are quite well written and quite satisfying for the many in this forum with the necessary interest and background, a summary for those programmers that are less a part of the process could be wise insurance. It would take time from someone with authoritative knowledge, so it might be stealing resources from the speedy advance of the Perl6 project, but I think it would be worthwhile insurance that the full complement of users is still there when Perl6 is production-ready.

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