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IMHO, the Next Big Thing in the Perl community isn't actually Perl, but Parrot. This isn't necessarily because it's easy to interface with other languages. In fact, some companies will, at best, completely ignore that feature. My current employeer rejected one of my proposals that used XML for a small database on the basis that XML would be one more thing our developers have to understand. I don't think they'll be keen on the idea of interfacing with a half-dozen languages that are actually Turing Complete.

What Parrot will allow is the creation of simple domain-specific languages. We can get around companies like my own by "marketing" this as simply "Parrot skills" instead of listing off all the mini-languages being used. This is a massive simplification of the truth (though I wouldn't call it an outright lie), but PHBs already do that a lot.

If Parrot becomes big in this regard, then there will be a large demand for people who can write compilers for these little languages. This is not something I've done much of (name a parser: Bison, yacc, Parse::RecDescent, whatever else--I probably haven't ever touched it), but it's something I'm trying to learn now. Even if this predicted explosion in a need for compiler-writers doesn't happen, at least I've learned something new along the way.

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In reply to Re: How to Sell Perl 6 by hardburn
in thread How to Sell Perl 6 by Ovid

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