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Re: perl 6 requirements

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From:
Tom Christiansen
Date:
July 31, 2000 20:14
Subject:
Re: perl 6 requirements
Message ID:
29551.965099634@chthon
>> Language
>>   -> Obsolete Features
>>      -> 1. Formats are not commonly used ....
>> 
>> I'm sorry where did this come from. I use formats regularly and quite
>> usefully.
> 
>I agree 100%. If it was possible to agree more than 100% I would.

>Remember, there are many of us that use Perl and come from a primarily
>sysadmin background. Basically every Perl script I've written uses
>formats to snip out disk usage, network statistics, etc. Don't forget
>about us! The web is more glamorous, admittedly, but there are many who
>like Perl because it's shell scripting on steroids and need to be able
>to use it as such.

Bingo.   

Do not expect your sort of voice to be as easily heard here and
hereabouts as those calling forth a brand new, compsci-inspired
language that they nonetheless plan to continue refer to as Perl.
Witness the unabashed support for such B&D constructions as strong
typing, something which Larry said Perl would never have.

There's a lot of reason why this is all happening now, but one isn't
allowed to discuss such.  Sorry.

--tom

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