I understand in retrospect that's an easy conclusion and not wrong per se. The idea though, design process to forward think everything, is why Perl 6 has taken a decade and half and several design redrafts. The design process Larry used shipped a language immediately and for all its often cited warts is still, for me, easily the best high level language. There likely would be no surviving Perl at all today if Larry had undertaken lexical scope off the blocks.
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