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Re^4: Perl is dying

by Aristotle (Chancellor)
on Jul 18, 2006 at 21:08 UTC ( #562132=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: Perl is dying
in thread Perl is dying

Yeah, exactly, Pugs is a complete failure.

Makeshifts last the longest.


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Re^5: Perl is dying
by Anonymous Monk on Jul 19, 2006 at 18:51 UTC
    That's what they said whenever people pointed out that Topaz or perlcc wasn't done: it was a work in progress, lots of people were working hard on it, it was "nearly done" for five years, etc.

    Years later, perlcc barely compiles a hello, world, and Topaz is abandoned. Perl 6 will die a slow death, too... that's my prediction, based on past experiences with the Perl community's overhyped promises....

    Prove me wrong if you like... if you can...

      How many people ever worked on Topaz? How many on perlcc? 180, like they have on Pugs, yes? And they clocked up nearly 12,000 commits, right? They managed that within 1.5 years, for an average rate of over 100 commits per day (which is skewed by the initial rate and thus obscures the fact that the rate has accelerated over time, without ever showing any sign of slowdown)?

      Tell me that three years from now, a project that will by then have a conservatively estimated 250 contributors and 40,000 commits will be abandoned. Go on. Prove me wrong.

      Makeshifts last the longest.

        I'd be surprised if GNU/Hurd doesn't have more stats under its belt (contributors, commits, lines of code, closeness to completion, dollars spent, etc.), but its been languishing for 20 years now.
        Tell me that three years from now, a project that will by then have a conservatively estimated 250 contributors and 40,000 commits will be abandoned.

        Actually....

        (Though if Pugs has done nothing other than kickstart the Perl 6 specification test suite, that's very useful -- and it's done much more than that.)

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