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The guy designing Perl5 (and 6)

by htoug (Deacon)
on Jan 06, 2005 at 09:37 UTC ( #419845=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^5: Perl 6 was released years ago
in thread Perl 6 was released years ago

are the same! Larry Wall with a cast of several.

I can't recall anybody ever saying anything about the last rewrite in connection with Perl5.

Perl5 was neccesary to make it possible to extend Perl by using modules - in Perl1-4 that had to be done by compiling in the changes to the language leading to oraperl (with Oracle connection), ingperl (with Ingres connection) and so on.

Perl6 is neccesary because the core of Perl5 is so old (10 years) and extended that any changes risk failures. the language needed an update - just like the Perl4 -> Perl5 update.

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