I've been following developments with Perl 6 and have a big-picture, 10,000-foot-view type of question.
Recently the topic What can bring the excitement back to Perl? came up. Obviously, Perl 6 is generating alot of excitement in the community and is one of the answers to that question.
When creating a new technology, I think that it's important to be able to tell people why it's useful in a brief, compelling statement. If you can't,
- It may be an indication that you are going down the wrong path to begin with, and
- You're going to have trouble making converts.
So I'm curious what the brethren think, particularly those who have been following Perl 6 closely. If you were to make a short, compelling statement that would appeal to both Perl 5 users and the RoW (Rest of the World; e.g., the PHP/Python/Ruby/Java/C# etc. crowd) explaining the benefits of Perl 6, what would that statement be?
I'm not looking for a feature list, but rather something that is short, sweet, piques interest, and sways opinion. Something that answers the question, "Why change?"