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Teen Perl

by Anonymous Monk
on Aug 09, 2019 at 07:14 UTC ( #11104214=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Will Braswell talks about "the Perl 11 Master Plan to make Perl the king of languages again" in the "State of the Scallion Address" at The Perl Conference 2019 in Pittsburgh. Step 1 of the plan: "We're going to have to educate young people". Perl has this hidden gem of a tutorial which was originally a multi-page website titled "Tinkering With Perl: A Child's Guide" that survives as a single webpage (without the enchanting subtitle) at

Will Braswell - "The State of the Scallion Address"

The Perl 11 Master Plan

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Re: Teen Perl
by Anonymous Monk on Aug 26, 2019 at 15:27 UTC
    Perl was and still is the king of "manipulating text files." It is also a decent (but no longer the best) way to host a web site. It gave the world a definitive implementation of regular expressions but nearly every other language promptly copied it. The language stalled at "Perl 5" while its designers fiddled with incompatible successors while finally (and confusingly) christening a "Perl 6" that was incompatible with it. Meanwhile, Ruby had stolen its thunder years before – becoming Perl-5's successor. Perl knows nothing of mobile anything. The language will no more disappear than COBOL did or ever will, but it is no longer the best choice for NEW work, and Perl-6 is completely irrelevant.

      Too tired of this to do a point by point so I’ll just ride on my reputation and the presumptive “identity of” the anonymonk: Everything you wrote outside the first sentence is wrong on some level. Some by degree, some by juxtaposition, some just outright.

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