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Re^3: Time to change the (Perl 6) guard!

by elusion (Curate)
on Jul 07, 2004 at 15:35 UTC ( #372423=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: Time to change the (Perl 6) guard!
in thread Time to change the (Perl 6) guard!

Damian Conway also said that he hopes to have / expects a beta next year. Although the language specification isn't done yet, enough has been completed to start working on a beta.


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Re^4: Time to change the (Perl 6) guard!
by Wassercrats on Jul 07, 2004 at 23:37 UTC
    I made the same next-year prediction yesterday (and safe to use in 2006), but everyone seemed to think I was crazy.

    Perl 6 has already been worked on for years. If a computer language takes more than three years to create, it's being developed incorrectly, except in some cases if it's a special purpose language, which Perl is not supposed to be. The longer it takes, the the more likely it is that the niche will be filled by another product by the time it comes out. That's disastrous for development of a commercial product, and a huge waste of time for a free product created by volunteers.

    Ok, I just made up the 3 year time frame, but it feels right.

      If a computer language takes more than three years to create, it's being developed incorrectly,

      I look forward to using your language.

      PS, you can use Perl 6 when it comes out anyway.

      If a computer language takes more than three years to create, it's being developed incorrectly

      I can't think of any languages (except perhaps assemblys) that didn't take several years to evolve into a useful form. Maybe you can help me out? What general-purpose languages have been developed correctly?

      --
      F o x t r o t U n i f o r m
      Found a typo in this node? /msg me
      % man 3 strfry

        FORTRAN...First version took over 3 years to develop 1954-1957. Probably the most successful language too, at least in terms of time it's been around. That's the closest I could find.

        There's probably a reference of computer languages that would have this information for various languages. I don't know of a web based one.

      Wouldn't a special-purpose language take less time to create, since there is less need to make it general-purpose and flexible?

        Yes, but you could take your time if there's not likely to be a competing product (and if you're not in a rush).
      Besides being inexperienced, I can't decide if you're confused or what. Are you a PHB in training?

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