in reply to Re: It has been suggested to rename Perl 6 in order to boost its marketing potential. Which name would you prefer?
in thread It has been suggested to rename Perl 6 in order to boost its marketing potential. Which name would you prefer?
Will we (or our descendants) want to have same discussions for Perl 7, Perl 8, ...?I would only expect that to happen if the proposed Perl 7/8/whatever is a ground-up redesign of the language which breaks backwards compatibility. (Yes, there are ways to run Perl 5 code in Perl 6, but the core P6 language is not backwards-compatible with the core P5 language.) Love it or hate it, Perl 6 is different enough from Perl 5 that even its biggest fans have taken to describing it as a "sister language" to Perl 5, or as "two languages in the same family", rather than as consecutive versions of the same language.
If, instead, it's a primarily-evolutionary change which allows you to run previous-version code using the next-version tools with few or no changes, then I would expect calling it <same name> <version++> to be just as uncontroversial as it is for every other piece of software out there.