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Re^15: Perl 6 to be renamed?

by 1nickt (Abbot)
on Aug 30, 2019 at 14:39 UTC ( #11105307=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^14: Perl 6 to be renamed?
in thread Perl 6 to be renamed?

Hi Hauke,

Thank you for your reply, thoughtful as always. I've no time at the moment nor do I think it appropriate to rehash here the story of why I feel the way I do about the history of the Raku project and its proponents. I'd love to share with you my experience of all that as a mere working Perl programmer since 1995, and I hope I one day get a chance to do so. I think it would be revelatory for you to hear (which is why you asked++).

Perhaps that chance will come at a Perl conference. I look forward to there being such things again, having attended my first one in 1998. What I loved most about those days (the Internet was not the instant source of All Knowledge, Nicely Documented that it is now) was that you would go to a conference and learn some real meaty, useful Perl stuff that you would take home and implement. My problem with the "Perl conferences" of recent years is not just that the content is not enough Perl, but that the format makes it impossible to learn anything useful in any depth. 20 minutes for a "standard" talk is just silly IMHO.

With that in mind I've recently begun working on a regional event here where I live akin to LPW, focussing on Perl teaching and training, like the old YAPCs used to. I'm sure you remember, like I do, the thrill you got when you realized how easy and fun it was going to be implementing your ideas in Perl. (Heck I still feel that thrill most days, how many people are lucky enough to say that after a couple of decades in a career?!) My goal for a Perl conference or any type of event, teaching, mentoring, has always been to open up that feeling to people, whether new programmers or intermediate Perl programmers rising to new levels of competence.

So perhaps I'll see you at a conference on this side of the Atlantic first :-)

I must however take issue with your remarks about "insults" and "personal attacks" etc. I've never insulted anyone on the Raku project or attacked them personally. I told Liz she was disingenuous once because I believed she was not being forthright ... maybe you see that as an attack? I have frequently described the Raku project as a "cuckoo" and its proponents as "squatters" because that's what I think their actions are. I do not think that's an insult or an attack, just a statement of what I believe to be the facts. Rhetorical? Sure. I can assure you though that such pithy rhetorical labeling has not always been used by me in the long debate over Raku, and has mostly not been used at all by the many other Perl developers, most better known than me and most less polemic than me, who have believed and believe now as I do.

And I would urge you to take into consideration the fact that while I've been greatly criticized here for my rhetoric about Raku, including directly by Liz ("why are you so negative, so angry", etc etc), it was Liz the core Raku developer who stood up at the conference you recently attended and delivered a keynote address acknowledging the damage done to Perl by Raku's use of the name and later "sister language" fiction, and it was Liz who used the term "squatting" to describe Raku's continued use of the name "Perl." Doesn't the fact that the group I said was squatting now agrees that they were squatting mean that, I dunno, that I was right? Or that it wasn't just a rhetorical "attack?"

Peace and best wishes in Perl!


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Re^16: Perl 6 to be renamed?
by haukex (Chancellor) on Sep 01, 2019 at 12:37 UTC

    Thanks for your reply. I had to think for a bit whether to make this a long point-by-point response, as there are several things in your post that we could dive into further, but instead I'll try to explain myself a little better, I think that's the best I can do for the moment (this kind of post is not my strong suit).

    First off, you are right, I should have checked your posting history more carefully, as it appears I misremembered, for the moment I can't find any overly harsh insults directed at the Perl 6 folks. The ones I was thinking of were actually directed at fellow Monks. And I think trying to judge "how harsh" your other language towards Perl 6 is is probably bikeshedding.

    As you probably know, there are scientific studies that show that emotions and intent are extremely difficult to communicate over the Internet, both on the sending and receiving side. So instead of taking your posting history at face value and trying to pick that apart, let me try to explain how it's being received at my end (and a short response to that). Although like all free advice from strangers on the internet, you're free to ignore it or take it with a grain of salt, perhaps it could also be food for thought on whether this is how you want to be received - I imagine I'm not the only one reading your posts this way.

    If I may simplify what I understand your main problem with Perl 6 / Raku to be, it's that it is drawing various forms of resources away from Perl 5 (marketing, brainpower, etc.). And sure, there are some reasonable arguments to be made there. Personally, I'm currently leaning towards the opinion that a rename might be good.

    But basically, to me, the language you've used in a large percentage of your posts about Perl 6 / Raku expresses clear contempt for Perl 6 and the people working on it, and conveys the message that Perl 6 is completely unwelcome - not just by you, but the language sometimes reads as if you're speaking for others and it's unwelcome in general (even arguing it should be excluded from this website, against the clear statements of the gods).

    As I tried to explain in my previous reply, viewed at a personal level, it's just not that simple. People work on both languages, and people like both languages - as they have the freedom to do. I'm quite confused how you draw the line as to who is a "freeloader", "interloper", "cuckoo", "squatter", and so on, when a fair number of these people are just as much Perl 5 people? Why try to carve off and alienate what is certainly a piece of the Perl community? This is what feels like an "attack": the divisiveness. Is the solution to the "Perl 6 problem" you're advocating to cast people out? (And if not, what is?)

    Now even though I may be completely wrong in the above interpretation of your intent, this is how it's being received here. If there's even a kernel of truth there, you might want to take that into consideration. And on the other hand, if this is exactly how you want to be received, well, then we'd have clarity on that, at least.

    ... a statement of what I believe to be the facts ... I can assure you though that such pithy rhetorical labeling has not always been used by me in the long debate over Raku ... other Perl developers, ... who have believed and believe now as I do.

    Well, if they're beliefs, it's certainly harder to argue against. But if you've been arguing this issue for so long, perhaps you might want to consider whether you've become too entrenched in your position, or if there is maybe too much bitterness there.

    ... mean that, I dunno, that I was right?

    Now you're just gloating :-P But really, if you feel your position has been confirmed, then I don't understand why you continue to be, as you say, "polemic" about it. Even the little bits in your posts like "... a Perl conference. I look forward to there being such things again..." at least appear to me to be carefully crafted language deriding the current Perl (5 and 6) conferences, but I don't see the need for it - it shows your bias and it's not appreciated by your target audience, thus reducing the effectiveness of the communication.

    (And again, if I'm wrong here, then that is the unfortunate nature of Internet communication.)

    ... the story of why I feel the way I do about the history of the Raku project and its proponents. I'd love to share with you my experience of all that as a mere working Perl programmer since 1995, and I hope I one day get a chance to do so. I think it would be revelatory for you to hear (which is why you asked++).

    Yes, as before I'm still curious, I think it'd be enlightening to hear the backstory. I've considered going to YAPC::NA, but I'm yet not sure when I might get to do that. But my invitation to YAPC::EU still stands, of course!

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