in reply to Re: How to wake up the Perl community?
in thread How to wake up the Perl community?
Perl 6 is the only hope. And we must hope they get some production ready stuff out in a year or two.
If that's true, we should give up, because Perl 6 currently lacks answers even in spec form for "Concurrency, Web framework stuff, asynchronous IO, scientific programming, teaching courses etc", and of the three extant implementations, one has been effectively abandoned for several years, one has been abandoned by its primary author, and the other is in the middle of a rewrite away from a dead platform to another platform.
... and we have nothing new to offer for years now.
I don't know about that. I'd like to have function signatures and a MOP in the core, but the fact that Perl 5 gets Unicode right enough (okay, I'd like a more efficient way to load property tables, but encoding, normalization, and folding just work), that I can use Moose's MOP to make our code simpler and easier to use, and that our tests are efficient and effective lets us get a lot of work done that we'd struggle to do as quickly or correctly in another language.
I can't think of the last time we had a problem with Perl; our problems are "We have more work than people to do it", "Tuning databases for complex data sets is hard", "User data is messy", "Nobody has really solved deployment well yet", and "Our stakeholders don't really know what they want until we show them proofs of concept."