in reply to The right time to start a project?

Perl 5 Is Not Going Away.

Perl 5.8.0 was released after the announcement of Perl 6. Perl 5.8.1 will be released shortly. Perl 5.9.0 is in development to become Perl 5.10.0 within the next year or two.

Ponie will let you run Perl 5 code on Parrot for years to come.

If your project is useful, by all means start it! Perl 6 won't be out within six months, and even if it were, that wouldn't make all Perl 5 code magically go away.

Perl is not going away. The sky is not falling. Continue as normal.

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Re: Re: The right time to start a project?
by IOrdy (Friar) on Aug 01, 2003 at 06:29 UTC
    I realize it's not going away, perhaps I should have made it clear. I'm more interested in how many people will still be writing (not maintaining) code in perl5.
      People will be writing code in per5 for years, even if everyone switches to perl6 the moment the first stable version is released. Remember that the perl6 journey was started 3 years ago, and Larry hasn't even finished the language specification yet. Looking at the rate of the apocalypses, if you now start a 6 month project to write a perl5 module, you will be finished before the next apocalypse.

      Not writing a perl5 module because you want to wait for perl6 would be as silly as the Beatles having said in the '60s, "we won't record this album just yet - we'll wait for CDs to arrive".