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Re^3: What is Perl 6?

by chromatic (Archbishop)
on Nov 21, 2010 at 22:25 UTC ( #872824=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^2: What is Perl6?
in thread What is Perl6?

So, when I install "Perl," I install Perl.

Which Perl?

(All the Platonists in the back, put down your hands.)


Comment on Re^3: What is Perl 6?
Re^4: What is Perl 6?
by punkish (Priest) on Nov 22, 2010 at 00:41 UTC
    So, when I install "Perl," I install Perl.

    Which Perl?

    I thought I made that very clear in my first message -- Perl 5. I have and do install Perl 5. When I do that, I go to perl.org, from where I directed to cpan from where I download perl-5.12.2 http://www.cpan.org/src/5.0/perl-5.12.2.tar.gz. Mind it, not Rakudo or some other name. I download Perl 5, which is evident from the name of the tar gzip archive. I install it and then I call /usr/local/bin/perl the executable.

    See, no confusion at all. Everything is Perl. No metaphysics, no Platonists, no existentialists. Just plain simple Perl all the way.

    This is not the case with Perl 6. I click on download on perl6.org, and I am redirected to rakudo.org. By that time, I am in the, "What the..." mode.

    --

    when small people start casting long shadows, it is time to go to bed
      Back when I was using Perl (5) on Windows, I had the choice between using a Perl that I installed with Cygwin, and Activestate Perl. They were subtly different, yet I still had to deal with the choice, and I even had to care. And even in the cases where "it's already on my computer", there suddenly is a feature of awk that's not in the version that I use (WTF? I thought I had awk? No? Darnit.), and I have to start caring which awk it was anyway. Yet the command line tool is called "awk". I think you just have to deal with this kind of complexity if you want to be a programmer.

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