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Happy Friday! Thought I'd share a humorous tidbit written by an anonymous contributor to a Russian internet-culture wiki, and translated by me. (all original formatting preserved)

It is well possible that I am not the first person to feel this way, but I know exactly what the development of Perl 6 is striving towards as the logical and absolute successor to Perl 5

I imagine its Dao to be approximately:

  1. Any collection of symbols in any encoding is syntactically valid Perl 6 code.
  2. There are always an infinite number of distinct ways to do it.
  3. Any person, regardless of what language he wrote before, can instantly write in Perl 6. He may never even guess that he is writing Perl 6 code. Providing, of course, he does not forget to put 1; at the end of modules.
  4. 1; can be overloaded. Spaces can be overloaded. Source filters can be overloaded with the help of regular expressions, which can also be overloaded.
  5. Perl 6 has a canonical implementation which is written in Perl 6 and cannot be expressed in any other language. The canonical implementation can be expressed in Perl 6 but not within a finite time. We are working on it. When we are finished, the Apocalypse Armageddon will occur (which could then also be overloaded).
1;


$,=qq.\n.;print q.\/\/____\/.,q./\ \ / / \\.,q.    /_/__.,q..
Happy, sober, smart: pick two.

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