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Re: Why we're here

From:
Nathan Torkington
Date:
July 24, 2000 11:10
Subject:
Re: Why we're here
Message ID:
14716.34107.749992.94333@prometheus.frii.com
abigail@foad.org writes:
> There are many, many programmers that prefer simpler languages. There are
> languages that serve them. Java and Python, for instance. That's good,
> that's fine, and there's no need to move Perl towards those languages.
> 
> Let's focus on making perl, as possible Perl, better. Make it faster,
> more maintainable. But don't change the language into something that
> isn't Perl.

Testify!  I want a better Perl.  We're going to come up with
suggestions as to what that better Perl might be.  Larry, same as he
always has, will ultimately decide which make Perl better and which
are traps in disguise.

We all use perl5 and know what we like about it.  It makes easy things
easy and hard things possible.  We just want to make a few more things
easy and a few more things possible.  Maintainance, speed, all these
are things that will inevitably come up.

Fears about great changes to Perl are, imho, unfounded.  The biggest
changes will be made on the insides.  The language itself will be
different, but not to the point of removing dollar signs and replacing
punctuation operators with uppercase keywords:

  a GETS b SEMICOLON
  FUNCTION CALL print WITH ARGUMENT STRING(hello world) AND NEWLINE

First thing first, I think.  I want to know how we tackle this rethink
of Perl, where there will inevitably be great changes suggested, in
such a way that we don't end up bickering and fighting and not making
progress.

Nat



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