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Re: Re: Re: Re: perlcheat

by Juerd (Abbot)
on Feb 24, 2003 at 06:51 UTC ( #238042=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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in thread perlcheat

Err. No. Perl 6 is a new version of the same language: Perl. Just as Perl 5 was. Just as Perl 4 was.

I know that's the story. My brain just won't accept it as a fact. Doesn't re-designing something from scratch essentially make it new? Anyhow, please excuse me for spreading wrong information.

Au contraire! The vast majority of it is unchanged for Perl 6.

Array and hash slice and element sigils change, the arrow becomes a nice little dot, parens in constructs like loops are no longer needed for most expressions, the operator precedence table is likely to change, regex metacharacters change as well as regex modifier and predefined classes (or should I say rules?). Many of the special variables change or are reincarnated as att^H^H^Hproperties. That leaves only context (the current list is incomplete too: Perl 5 already has several scalar contexts), sigils (but will there still be globs?), do's and don't's. I wouldn't call that "the vast majority".

Except, of course, that Perl 6 won't suck. ;-)

Of course it won't suck :) And sure, it will still be Perl, a better Perl even. Just not the Perl I know.

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Comment on Re: Re: Re: Re: perlcheat
Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: perlcheat
by TheDamian (Priest) on Feb 24, 2003 at 22:10 UTC
    I wouldn't call that "the vast majority".

    The bits that are the same:


    void $scalar @array %hash scalar @array @array[0, 2] list %hash &sub number, string, reference, undef \ references $@%& dereference [] anon. arrayref {} anon. hashref \() list of refs = = perl.plover.com + search.cpan.org ++ -- == != eq ne cpan.org ** < > <= >= lt gt le ge pm.org ! \ u+ u- <=> cmp tpj.com !~ perldoc.com * / % x + - . for (LIST) { }, while ( ) { }, until ( ) { } named uops if ( ) { } elsif ( ) { } else { } < > <= >= lt gt le ge unless ( ) { } elsif ( ) { } else { } == != <=> eq ne cmp && ^ string begin || .. + one or more * zero or more = += -= *= etc. ? zero or one , list ops () capture not and \s == [\x20\f\t\r\n] or xor | alternation \w == [A-Za-z0-9_] \b word boundary \d == [0-9] \S, \W and \D negate use strict; use warnings; "$foo" perl.com my $var; $$variable_name perlmonks.org open() or die $!; `$userinput` use.perl.org use Modules; /$userinput/ perl.apache.org parrotcode.org stat localtime caller 0 dev 0 second 0 package $_ default variable 1 ino 1 minute 1 filename 2 mode 2 hour 2 line 3 nlink 3 day 3 subroutine 4 uid 4 month-1 4 hasargs 5 gid 5 year-1900 5 wantarray 6 rdev 6 weekday 6 evaltext 7 size 7 yearday 7 is_require 8 atime 8 is_dst 8 hints 9 mtime 9 bitmask @ARGV command line args 10 ctime just use @INC include paths 11 blksz POSIX:: 3..9 only @_ subroutine args 12 blcks strftime! with EXPR %ENV environment

    The bits that differ:


    @hash{'a', 'b'} $array[0] $hash{'a'} *glob glob $$foo[1] aka $foo->[1] * dereference $$foo{bar} aka $foo->{bar} ${$$foo[1]}[2] aka $foo->[1]->[2] ${$$foo[1]}[2] aka $foo->[1][2] -> . ~ =~ << >> for equals foreach (ALWAYS) & | ^ /i case insens. $ str. end (before \n) /m line based ^$ ... /s . includes \n ?: /x ign. wh.space /g global => {3,7} repeat in range (?:) no capture . == [^\n] [] character clas \z string end $0 program name $/ input separator $\ output separator $| autoflush $! sys/libcall error $@ eval error $$ process ID $. line number

    So 153 of the 194 Perl features listed in the cheatsheet (congratulations on packing that much in, by the way!) are the same for Perl 6. That's 79% unchanged. I would call that a "vast majority".

    And, yes, I'm counting the for, if, while, etc. syntaxes as being the same. Sure, the parens are optional but that just means you can go on using them exactly as you do now (i.e. no change required).

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