This may be ancient history, but I'm curious: why was the original decision made to implement Perl 6 with something fancy like Parrot instead of a simpler approach like YAP6 takes?
In hindsight, would it have been wiser to just take the approach that YAP6 takes?
I recently read a Steve Yegge blog post where he mentions actually liking Perl 6 (he's not exactly a Perl 5 fan), but lost interest 6 years ago. That's a very long time in internet years. Could Perl 6 have gotten here (or could it get here) faster if a simpler plan for the implementation had been chosen?
Is it possible that Parrot is a bigger bite than anyone can actually chew, and it could be dropped in favor of a simpler Perl 5 -style approach that would get us a Perl 6 -only Perl 6 implementation much sooner than anyone expects? Or is that a nightmare scenario that would bring the community to rack and ruin?
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