I don't get it, folks. It's Perl, the Patchwork language. This is the language which encouraged folks to resurrect the term "baroque" and use it in Computer Science class. TMTOWTDI means that this is a language which streamlines by becoming larger, and absorbing new ideas. But underneath all of those strange new ideas it's still Perl. "more than one way to do it" means that you can still write Perl 5 code if you want. Heck, you don't even have to upgrade to Perl 6 if you're that disinterested.
Nervousness about changing our familiar tool is understadable. A5 terrified me, and the Exegesis (sp?) did nothing to reduce that. A6 has me excited about new possibilities, but nervous about knowing what to do with it. But you know what? I'll be able to apply those newer thoughts as I see fit.
It's not like I push Perl5 to its limits. I only messed with my first psuedohash a couple of hours ago, and that was just because I was skimming through Programming Perl and thought it looked cool. I've been using CGI.pm for years. I couldn't work my way through a single line of code inside that module, but that fact doesn't reduce the usefulnes of use CGI!
To sum up: It's Perl. It's going to be big, baroque, and occasionally scary. You were expecting Scheme, maybe? Well, the different spelling should have tipped you off :-) Use you what you want from Perl6, and ignore the rest.
I just realized that I was using the same sig for nearly three years.
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