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Re: How much Perl6 have we got?

by davorg (Chancellor)
on Aug 22, 2005 at 08:17 UTC ( #485632=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How much Perl6 have we got?

In the beginning, there was a joke. A joke that said that Perl and Python would merge in a new language called Parrot.

And then come the idea of Perl6, and the name Parrot was given to a new virtual machine on which Perl6 will run.

You have that slightly out of order. The announcement of Perl 6 was in July 2000. Simon Cozens' Parrot joke was April 1st 2001. Here's Simon's article about the joke.


"The first rule of Perl club is you do not talk about Perl club."
-- Chip Salzenberg

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Re^2: How much Perl6 have we got?
by stu42j (Sexton) on Aug 23, 2005 at 15:22 UTC
    So, did the joke inspire the real Parrot or was the idea of a multi-language virtual machine already being worked on?

      I don't think the joke made people think "actually, that's want we really need for Perl 6". But once someone came up with the idea of multi-language virtual machine it didn't take long for someone to remember the joke and realise that the VM had to be called Parrot.


      "The first rule of Perl club is you do not talk about Perl club."
      -- Chip Salzenberg

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