in reply to Re: Perl 6: Managing breakages across Rakudo versions
in thread Perl 6: Managing breakages across Rakudo Star versions
please stop calling this thing “Perl 6.”
I'm torn on this.
I know I'd be delighted and relieved if Larry decided it was wise to rename. But Larry seems to be steadfast in his veto over renaming his latest version of his language.
I've been a marketing professional, and the negative aspects of Perl 6's reputation bug me big time. However, in the years since I began thinking a renaming would theoretically be the right thing to do, I've never been fully persuaded it's actually the right thing to do. One thing to bear in mind is the decadal view. I have absolutely zero doubt that, in ten years, Perl 6, or whatever it is called, will be considered a member of the Perl family, and a natural heir for most users to what is currently called Perl 5.
Ultimately, I trust Larry's instincts on the decision more than my own instincts, or marketing theory, or popular opinion.
So, some almost certainly futile bikeshedding... I assume you accept the familial resemblance, even if you don't accept more than that. Akin to, say, C and C++ and C#. So maybe PerlVI, Perl++, or somesuch? (I'm pretty confident Larry would have an especially negative reaction to Perl++ due to association with C++.) Maybe P6rl, with use of unicode to make the 6 small, like an upside down reflected "e"?