It is very simple to answer - we have most of it.
Yeah...simple indeed. Of course when someone says that "most" of something is done, there's an implication that whomever is working on it would have a reasonable estimation of a completion date. Moreover, if they have an estimated completion date, it's sometime in the near future. Perhaps I'm being cynical, but whenever I glance at "This week in Perl 6" on perl.com
, there's some pretty fundamental stuff being ironed out still. Not that therey's anything wrong with that; it's a big project. You'll forgive me if I don't agree with your assessment of the situation.
This is also what keeps me away from Perl 6 except for curiosity. I want to wait until there's an official, 100% done version in my hands before I take on the task of learning anything of the language. Why? Right now, I have no guarantee that some feature isn't going to be completely re-written and/or obviated tomorrow. Again, I'm fine with this; Perl 6 is stil in the design stage...a stage in which things are supposed to change. However, my sanity doesn't play well with moving targets.
I'm also in awe of the Pugs project. Again, however, I don't want to write programs that are ahead of the runtime. That is to say that Pugs isn't a feature complete version of Perl 6. It can't be; Perl 6 isn't done. My luck being what it is, I'd write some program based on the specifications and Pugs will have not implemented some key feature of that program. I'm not saying that I'm sort of über coder, just saying that I'm unlucky. ;)
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