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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'.


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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.
      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.


      What are your thoughts on these comments in the Link about perl ?

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