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From:
Rafael Garcia-Suarez
Date:
April 1, 2005 05:05
Subject:
Perl 5.9.2 is out
Message ID:
20050401150702.2b4a70d5@grubert.mandrakesoft.com
    This word flip was weird. Every recording date of McClintic's he'd
    gotten into the habit of talking electricity with the audio men and
    technicians of the studio. McClintic once couldn't have cared less
    about electricity, but now it seemed if that was helping him reach a
    bigger audience, some digging, some who would never dig, but all
    paying and those royalties keeping the Triumph in gas and McClintic
    in J. Press suits, then McClintic ought to be grateful to
    electricity, ought maybe to learn a little more about it. So he'd
    picked up some here and there, and one day last summer he got around
    to talking stochastic music and digital computers with one
    technician. Out of the conversation had come Set/Reset, which was
    getting to be a signature for the group. He had found out from this
    sound man about a two-triode circuit called a flip-flop, which when
    it turned on could be one of two ways, depending on which tube was
    conducting and which was cut off: set or reset, flip or flop.

    ``And that,'' the man said, ``can be yes or no, or one or zero. And
    that is what you might call one of the basic units, or specialized
    `cells' in a big `electronic brain.' ''

    ``Crazy,'' said McClintic, having lost him back there someplace. But
    one thing that did occur to him was if a computer's brain could go
    flip or flop, why so could a musician's. As long as you were flop,
    everything was cool. But where did the trigger-pulse come from to
    make you flip?

		-- Thomas Pynchon, V

Perl 5.9.2 is currently propagating on CPAN. Tests, of course, are
welcome, including tests of CPAN modules (the Phalanx 100 to begin
with).

Thanks to everyone who has participated in it. Thanks also to everyone
who gave me the energy(*) to do it, either directly, or indirectly, by
giving me examples of hard work, success and talent.

I plan to make releases more often until 5.10.0. Basically, the next
milestones might be :

    * new core modules (integration of CPANPLUS)
    * lexical pragmas
    * finish assertions
    * implement the (_) prototype (i.e. "default to $_")
    * implement state variables

The perldelta has already been prettified on search.cpan.org :

    http://search.cpan.org/~rgarcia/perl-5.9.2/pod/perl592delta.pod

More formal announcement to follow.

Enjoy,
-- rgs

-- 
(*) an old word for "tuits".

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