in reply to Re^2: Perl 6 was released years ago
in thread Perl 6 was released years ago

I cannot imagine anybody seriously using an 8 year old obsolete version of anything and not being in the tiniest of minorities.

FORTRAN 77. That's all I have to say.

Well, I'll say a tiny bit more: YES, people do still use FORTRAN. YES, there are newer versions than the (19)77 version. HOWEVER, FORTRAN 77 is still in a great deal of use. Probably the majority of FORTRAN code in use today is FORTRAN 77. Certainly not a small minority.

Oh, and just because I like to point it out: FORTRAN is the last major language, before Python, to incorporate significant leading whitespace as a "feature" of the language. :-P

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Re^4: Perl 6 was released years ago
by bunnyman (Hermit) on Nov 02, 2004 at 15:38 UTC

    That's not a good example, because Fortran 90 compilers will (mostly) accept code written for 77. There's nothing holding you back from upgrading and still using the old stuff. Which sounds like what Perl 6 will be like, too.

    And because I like to point this out: In Fortran, spaces between columns 7 and 72 do not matter unless they are between quotes.

    For example:

    if( foo .eq. bar ) then

    is equivalent to

    i    f(f    oo.e     q.b    ar)t     hen

    And people have the nerve to call Perl unreadable!

Re^4: Perl 6 was released years ago
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 02, 2004 at 10:08 UTC
    Oh, and just because I like to point it out: FORTRAN is the last major language, before Python, to incorporate significant leading whitespace as a "feature" of the language. Another reason perl6 is great. It will have its own set of significant whitespace rules. It will now be: FORTRAN, Python, Perl6.
      Ho hum. <yawn>
      1) I don't think Perl6 has significant leading whitespace.

      2) C++
      vector<vector<int> > // :-) vector<vector<int>> // :-(
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Re^4: Perl 6 was released years ago
by diotalevi (Canon) on Nov 02, 2004 at 01:46 UTC
    Perl does the same thing slightly differently: trailing, non-line ending white space on the end of HEREDOC lines are significant.
      If you're joking: good joke. If you're not: that's hardly a reasonable comparison.
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