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From:
Tim Bunce
Date:
July 24, 2000 12:13
Subject:
Re: Why we're here
Message ID:
20000724200706.B23550@ig.co.uk
On Mon, Jul 24, 2000 at 01:14:48PM -0400, abigail wrote:
> > 
> > Perl 6 should provide ammunition to shoot this damaging perception.
> > Above all, less complexity.
> 
> If that is the goal of perl6, I shall fight it with all my energy.
> 
> Perl is popular of what it is. Now, a new language still also called Perl
> might attract more programmers than the current Perl does.  But those
> will be people currently doing Python, Java or something else.
> 
> Perl is popular. Not only despite the perceived complexity, but *because*
> of that complexity. It's that complexity that enables us to do beautiful
> things. It's what makes us distinct from Python or Java.
> 
> It would be a shame to give that up and go for marketshare instead.

The "Conceptual Integrity" of Perl is a key part of it's success.

It was very important for me, and I'm sure many others at the p5p
meeting, that Larry take the lead in the language design.

He did, and now he has I trust him to deliver.

I'm sure he'll be asking for input at some stage.

Tim.

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