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Perl's Longevityby lacertus (Monk)
|on Apr 11, 2003 at 23:50 UTC||Need Help??|
My meditation for the close of this week involves the longevity and "extensibility" (gratuitous buzz-word) of the Perl language. It is inspired by this lengthly - but insightful - piece by Paul Gram, found here(paulgraham.com).
In essence, he flirts with the idea of what programming languages might look like, and how they might act, in a hundred year's time. **Spoiler**: he comes to the interesting conclusion that it is possible to formulate and create a language that will be as relevant - and _useful_ - now as it will be in 2103.
Perl is a relative new comer to the field of computer languages. This being said, it is not "green" and has very much proven its worth in applications ranging from simple CGI mailers, to complex GUI Tk programs.
With the rapid approach of Perl6, I'm curious what the other monks think concerning how Perl's longevity will pan out. I'm a firm believer in Perl, and while it's primarily a hobby language for me at the moment, I can see it becoming even more mainstream with the advent of Perl6. I'm expecting a *long* healthy life for Perl, and that is why I dedicate time to development in it; it's also why I'm a PM!
Ciao for Now,
"There is more in heaven and earth
than is dreamt of in your philosophy"