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Re^5: The current state of Perl6

by Anonymous Monk
on Apr 19, 2010 at 12:31 UTC ( #835475=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^4: The current state of Perl6
in thread The current state of Perl6

FUD surrounding Perl 6 is the single most important reason why Perl is no longer considered for large projects/New Projects any more. Most of the Perl stuff going on currently is small scripts or sysadmin level work. As a matter of fact people are beginning to look at it as an awk like utility. After all Perl 5 will some day will die out of bit rot and there is no certainty that Perl 6 will ever be ready some day.Why should some body build serious stuff on such an platform whose future so uncertain?

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Re^6: The current state of Perl6
by cdarke (Prior) on Apr 19, 2010 at 14:11 UTC
    Personally I have not seen this FUD, and I was unaware that "Perl is no longer considered for large projects/New Projects any more", presumably your experience is different from mine.

    If there is any FUD then who generated it and who maintains it? Well that must be us. It is up to us to dispell the FUD, if it exists.
      I think the fellow anonymous monk intended to be sarcastic, but his sarcasm ended up coinciding with reality, which is sad.
      I have tried selling Perl to a lot of projects that I have encountered. Perl today is only accepted in the dimension awk is accepted. That is for quick throw away small scripts which will be run once to do some very minor text parsing jobs.

      I hardly see any Perl jobs on the Career Market, most of them are just to maintain some old Perl code written long back, and they call it legacy code.

      Perl 5's death was announced the day Perl 6 birth was announced. No matter how many Perl 5 releases you make you just are putting a old dying man into ICU and getting him some more time to live. Unfortunately Perl 6 baby keeps suffering from an abortion every now and then. Because the parents can't really decide what they want, a girl or a boy. If the spec were to be frozen, only a single and complete implementation focused upon. The Perl 6 baby would probably be celebrating its second or third birthday by now.

        I've had seven recruiters contact me so far this year for Perl jobs (approximately twice the rate as last year). We are about to hire JAPH into the shop at somewhere close to six figures.

        A frozen, rigorous spec in Perl 6 wouldn't help meet deadlines and it might drive away a lot of the talent. It would promote the same things that had a foot on the neck of Perl 5 for a decade. Smart developers having fun doing what they love is what Perl needs. That appears to be what's happening in all corners of Perl today.

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