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In the beginning, the Perl6 project was announced.

And then came a joke, a joke that said that Perl and Python would merge in a new language called Parrot.

And then the joke became in some way real, and the name Parrot was given to a new virtual machine on which Perl6 (and possibly Python) will run.

And then came RFCs. And then the Apocalypses. And Synopses and Exegeses, and a book by O'Reilly.

And there were and there are Parrot releases. And then came Pugs and there were and there are Pugs releases, too. Oh, and we have Perl6::* modules on CPAN, too!

And there were and there are also many mailing lists, and summaries on

And that's a lot of stuff, and anybody that wants to know more about Perl6 can read from that stuff and learn some more; and anybody willing to try some Perl6 can test some software, too.

But, in the end, look at this (apparently) simple question:

How much Perl6 have we got now? Where are we with the specification? Where are we with the implementation? At which point each progressbar is?

Is it really a simple question, indeed, or is it as falsely simple as it was Fermat's last theorem?

Update: modified the timeline, thanks to davorg for pointing the error out


In theory, there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice, there is.

In reply to How much Perl6 have we got? by bronto

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