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Sam Tregar
March 31, 2000 21:53
Re: 5.6.0 ready for prime-time?
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>On Fri, 31 Mar 2000, David Grove wrote:
> I, for one, am advising my users and readers to avoid 5.6 at this time.

That's fine.  People advising "users" very rarely advise an instant
upgrade to a new and unproven version of a complicated program.  The only
exception is when the old version is unworkable - which 5.005_03 is
certainly not.

The cautious are well served by never upgrading *any* software to a
verison less than a few months old.

> and from what I'm seeing the most
> important modules to Win32 users are not ready for 5.6 internals and
> therefore do not compile. 

No surprise there.  Module authors are really a lazy bunch when it comes
to making patches for development versions.  I maintain a few packages and
only one of them works with 5.6!  I'll be releasing 5.6 versions soon
enough and I'm sure I won't be alone.

> IS Perl 5.6 considered stable?

Yes, I believe I've heard Sarathy state at least a few times that it is.  
Among other things, 5.6 is a bug fix release.  5.005_03 is not exactly bug
free, I hope you realize!

> I am at the dawn of the first official release of CodeMagic, Perl's
> only world-class editor at this time

That's a joke, right?  Have you heard of Emacs?  That's my "world-class"
Perl editor of choice.

> I have user who are going to question this, and I don't have an answer
> for them.

Repeat after me - "I recommend holding off upgrading for at least a month
or two.  A number of important modules don't work with 5.6 yet, but they
will soon."

Is that really so hard?  Do you think it could have been any other way?


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