Unfortunately, I personally feel that the core developers of Perl seem to have lost the direction of Perl(perhaps because of the stepdown of Larry?). They are addicted to deprecate the old functions instead of adding new functions and facilitating cpan developers.
I'm not sure I understand this part of your argument .. for me, one of the strengths of Perl is that old code continues to run just fine under new versions. I can't think of an example where an old function was deprecated, because that would cause old code to break. Do you have an example of this?
Alex / talexb / Toronto
Thanks PJ. We owe you so much. Groklaw -- RIP -- 2003 to 2013.