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Re: How much is Perl6 the community rewrite of Perl?

by particle (Vicar)
on Jan 02, 2009 at 17:06 UTC ( #733791=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to How much is Perl6 the community rewrite of Perl?

over my years of development on parrot, pugs, and rakudo, i've become much less active in the perl 5 community. for example, i used to frequent perlmonks, but time no longer allows it. instead, i'm now quite active in the perl 6 community. historically, i'm not part of @Larry (the nickname for the perl 6 design team), and although i've been invited to attend the weekly design meeting, it was as a parrot and rakudo developer, not as a designer.

while developing rakudo, i felt the compiler was growing to a point where it'd be useful for folks to do day-to-day programming tasks, and have a little fun with the language revision we've been waiting so long to get. so, i started adding command-line options like -e, -h, -c and -v. rakudo became much friendlier to use, since i could check the syntax of a perl 6 script i wrote, and find what revision of rakudo was failing to parse or run a particular script so i could submit a proper bug report.

then two things happened: it bothered me that there was no spec for the command-line so i couldn't really implement anything more than what i'd done already, and ian hague donated a pile of money to tpf for perl 6 development. i decided to apply for a grant to define and implement the perl 6 command-line syntax, and my grant was accepted. now, i'm in the process of designing a working draft of Synopsis 19, describing the command-line syntax, and soon i'll be writing tests and implementing it in rakudo. all this is being done in a public repository (pugs) with a liberal commit policy, and is being discussed on open mailing-lists and irc channels. i've gotten quite good feedback, a few nice ideas, some excellent questions, and some corrections this way. i wouldn't succeed at this task if not for the support of these helpful folks, too numerous to mention.

i became part of the perl 5 community the first time i wandered online for help (probably sometime late in 1996). i've never submitted a patch to perl5-porters, so although i'm quite adept in using perl 5, i don't come from the perl 5 illuminati. changing my focus to perl 6 development has given me a great education at little cost (just spare time), and i'm now able to give back by designing a crucial feature of perl 6 that countless people will use every day for years to come. if my story isn't a shining example of a "community rewrite" of perl 6, i don't know what is.

~Particle *accelerates*

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Re^2: How much is Perl6 the community rewrite of Perl?
by BrowserUk (Patriarch) on Jan 05, 2009 at 11:57 UTC
    i'm in the process of designing a working draft of Synopsis 19, describing the command-line syntax,

    I don't suppose there's any chance that you'll add a perl5 -s style option for the simple passthrough of simple command line options to the script is there?

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