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I fear Perl 6, as I fear all things new. :-)

The variable prefix notation will be based on the variable type and not on the access method:
@foo[ $bar ]; # was $foo[ $bar ]; %foo{ $bar }; # was $foo{ $bar };
Programmers routinely get those wrong when they're first starting with Perl. Now they'll get them right.
I won't get it right (at least for a while). I bought into the whole idea that the prefix showed what variable type is being accessed (though it does get a little fuzzy when dealing with references). It may help new Perl programmers, though.

More compiler hints and optional strong typing! This is going to overcome one of the biggest objections to Perl!
And add one of my strongest objections to virtually every other language but Perl. I realize that it will be optional, but so (in theory, at least) is 'use strict'.

Actually, I'm looking forward to Perl 6. I've always hated the arrow syntax for Perl's object-oriented features, and I'm willing to give up the '.' concatenation operator to get rid of it. :-)

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In reply to Re: (Ovid) Re: Thoughts on Perl6 - Love it? Hate it? by impossiblerobot
in thread Thoughts on Perl6 - Love it? Hate it? by mrmick

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    [ambrus]: This is different from MS Word, which was already a good editor in the pre-unicode days (in word for windows versions 2 and 6, which ran on windows 3 but also on windows 95), only it wasn't trying to solve the task of writing maths papers back then.
    [Discipulus]: ah ok, sounds reasonable; with no fear: Perl all life long
    [ambrus]: Mind you, LaTeX is currently still useful for writing math paper or snippet content without styling in such a way that the
    [ambrus]: formatting conventions of a journal or website can be quickly applied to it, and MS Office and LibreOffice has not quite solved this (although it's better for this than it used to be),
    [ambrus]: which is sort of a drawback compared to the ages of typewritten manuscripts representing content only to which the typesetter applies formatting, but that process required much more manual labor.
    [ambrus]: If you want to typeset a manuscript, you can still do much less work then in the manual typesetting ages and get good formatting.
    [ambrus]: All with only cheap modern computers and software.
    [ambrus]: Something you can have at home and your corner print shop, without a whole printing press's worth of equipment.

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