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Re^2: What is Perl6?

by mojotoad (Monsignor)
on Nov 24, 2010 at 09:03 UTC ( #873391=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


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

To be fair, when confronted with a machine/OS, to ask "does it run (P|p)erl" is not an unfair question. In the perl5 sense, "things work". Unless there's CPAN dependencies, etc, which are solved in other ways.

I love languages. But will Perl6 "just work" on standard distros? Who knows. I hope so.

Historically, Perl has "just worked", as opposed to *very* persnickety backwards-compatibility-impaired 'other interpreted languages'.

Cheers,
Matt


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Re^3: What is Perl6?
by TimToady (Parson) on Nov 24, 2010 at 16:53 UTC
    I think you've got some sampling bias in your definition of "just works". Perl does not "just work" in many places where Java, C#, JavaScript, and even (shudder) PHP "just work". We'd like to fix that so that Perl 6 "just works" all those places too.
      What are your thoughts on these comments in the Link about perl ?
      This systems-hound (unix-ish expectations) is busted, fair and square.

      I've recently had to do a bunch of perl5 work in the Win32 world (via Strawberry as it happens), including full-blown GUI support.

      I ran into more stuff that broke perl than I would have ever imagined. But mostly, this is because the environment was breaking POSIX. Live and learn.

      I think the primary point of my original comment was that I'd like to minimize those kinds of surprises (multi-platform abstraction) as well as minimize language surprises (i.e. sorry, this is not your flavor of perl6).

      The test suite evolving around the current specification gives me hope.

      Cheers,
      Matt

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