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Re^4: getting rid of special features

by moritz (Cardinal)
on Feb 17, 2013 at 15:23 UTC ( #1019150=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^3: getting rid of special features
in thread getting rid of costly special features

You are right mostly about that, but there are other reasons to abolish them.

They make Perl 5 harder to learn, harder to write correctly, harder to read and contribute to its reputation as a language full of cruft.

The fact that they make it harder to translate Perl 5 to other languages is at first merely another symptom of the problem. But if Perl 5 doesn't want to be tied to the C world forever, and wants to explore other environment (JVM/dalvik-only mobile phones and browsers, just to name two appealing ones), the lack of portability that those features introduce becomes a problem on its own.

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Re^5: getting rid of special features
by Anonymous Monk on Feb 17, 2013 at 15:43 UTC

    the lack of portability that those features introduce becomes a problem on its own.

    come on now, we're talking about autoincrement here, its as trivial as it gets

        how is it special-cased, and how is it a problem, and a problem for translation?

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