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Dan Sugalski
July 29, 2000 22:45
Re: want a working group
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On Sat, 29 Jul 2000, Nathan Torkington wrote:

> Kurt D. Starsinic writes:
> > On Sat, Jul 29, 2000 at 11:20:55AM -0500, HappyFunBall wrote:
> > > This isn't so much about news as getting vendors to understand the issues.
> > > If OpenBSD thinks upgrading Perl breaks things before ever hearing about
> > > Perl 6 ..well...we's gonna have some problems getting folks buying into
> > > Perl 6.
> Don't forget that we are able to tell these people that Perl 6 can
> mitigate these things as much as possible.


Good, hard backwards compatibility's one of my pet beefs with software.
There are user-mode programs that were compiled against VMS 1.0 that
still run on VMS 7.2. (This is the same, nearly 20 year old, binary, mind,
no recompiles along the way) It's a target I like to shoot for.

Granted, we're ripping up the world here for perl 6, but I'd really like
extensions that are built against the first release of 6 to be able to
run, with no recompilation, against the last gasp of 6, whenever that is.
(Yeah, I know, the *BSD folks are talking language level breakage, but
that's not my area)


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