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Oh, and an afterthought... Liz and I love Perl. We love both Perl 5 and Perl 6. You don't have to believe it. Let me illustrate why you'd better believe that we do.

You mentioned this: "and has tables at them with "P6" banners and other paraphernalia."

You really don't know who is behind that table each time? That's me, and sometimes Liz too. Because Liz and I are generous sponsors to those conferences, we get a table, where we put our Perl-swag. That swag includes Perl 6-banners and other Perl 6-paraphernalia. But if you take a closer look, you will see that there's more Perl 5-swag than Perl 6-swag. More different books about Perl 5 than about Perl 6 (even though that is slowly changing, because the past 13 months 7 Perl 6 books were published, and only one Perl 5 book). There are more stickers about Perl 5 than about Perl 6 on that table. More buttons about Perl 5 than about Perl 6. More tuits about Perl 5 than about Perl 6. Three different little stuffed toy Camels, and only one type of stuffed toy Camelia butterfly. And yes, there's also several bottles of Perl 6 wine (really, excellent tasty Moesel wine from the city of Perl), and no Perl 5 wine. So: Perl 5 has the upper hand in books, stickers, buttons, tuits, and toys, while Perl 6 has the upper hand in wine.

Oh, and for your information, all that stuff is paid for by Liz and me. We give away the stickers, buttons, and tuits for free (and we paid for them). TPF has nothing to do with that. The books are bought by me, and sold at cost price, and if I make a profit on it, I destroy that profit by occasionally giving away books to poor students, or to a professor or teacher who asks what to use best to teach Perl to his/her class. The wine was made especially for us, and paid by us, by a very good vinyard in Perl. The camels come from Dubai, and are paid for by Liz and me. The Camelia butterfly stuffed toy cost me 11 months to make, and had me deal intensively with a designer company in Hollywood, and with a factory in China, and Liz and I paid for all of that, and we had 1,000 copies made, and since we got them in july 2016, we sold (or gave away) 330 of those by now.

Gasp... we give away a lot of stuff, indeed, because we love Perl, and we made a lot of money thanks to Perl, and we give back to Perl.

The past 17 years, Liz and I have supported Perl 5 and Perl 6 in many ways. I guess that is one of the reasons we were awarded at some point, and that made us blush (yeah, I am using it, now not so humbly, to make a point). You probably don't know that we sponsored the making of Perl 5.10 at the time. So please stop saying that we dislike Perl 5, or that we want to destroy it, because that is a big untruth. Indeed, we like Perl 6 to florish, and we like it to become possible that Perl 5 code runs inside Perl 6 in such a way that Perl 5 can live on forever, and that way of thinking might conflict with your opinions. But saying that we want to destroy Perl 5, is quite beside the truth.

Kind regards,

Wendy

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Re^5: perl.com has been restarted
by chromatic (Archbishop) on Jan 30, 2018 at 15:59 UTC
    The books are bought by me, and sold at cost price, and if I make a profit on it, I destroy that profit by occasionally giving away books to poor students, or to a professor or teacher who asks what to use best to teach Perl to his/her class.

    I vouch for this. Liz and Wendy do a great service here.

Re^5: perl.com has been restarted
by Laurent_R (Canon) on Jan 30, 2018 at 11:16 UTC
    I really wish to thank you very much, woolfy and liz, for all what you do for Perl, both Perl 5 and Perl 6.

    Update: fixed a small typo: s/with/wish/. Thks to Discipulus for pointing it out.

      Very much agreed! Many thanks to Wendy & Liz.
Re^5: perl.com has been restarted
by marioroy (Parson) on Jan 31, 2018 at 18:26 UTC

    Thank you, liz and woolfy for keeping Perl alive. I do not know why but persisted until reaching completion with the MCE and MCE::Shared modules. I know that Perl is used a lot in science. Recently, received a nice email message.

    MCE is a major feature of the HPC::Runner::Command libraries, which are is currently a production software that runs all of our projects across the HPC. It is used daily, more than daily if you count actual compute hours instead of just projects. It definitely would not have come as far without your awesome help when it was first starting and you wrote out the thread management.