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Re: Its time we set the score straight on Perl 5 and Perl 6 and debunk our own self-generated FUD.

From:
H.Merijn Brand
Date:
June 20, 2006 06:04
Subject:
Re: Its time we set the score straight on Perl 5 and Perl 6 and debunk our own self-generated FUD.
Message ID:
20060620150642.5a2d0dc2@pc09
On Tue, 20 Jun 2006 08:29:51 -0400, Tom Horsley <tom.horsley@ccur.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 2006-06-20 at 12:38 +0200, Johan Vromans wrote:
> > What some people consider critical core functionality is considered
> > unnecessary bloat by others. 
> 
> Yep. I would never in a million years have moved all the unicode
> stuff into the core. I never use it, and it makes perl take
> almost an order of magnitude longer to build.

It was a tough job. Just be glad you were not assigned this daunting task.
/me still thanks Jarkko on his bare knees for doing it.

> But then if I did need it some day, I'd be irritated it
> wasn't there (and there are certainly a lot of users
> who do need it).

And, as it is continuously tested by the smoke processes, it is getting at a
higher level, and even be enough reason for some/many people to upgrade perl.
It is in this case not new features that make them do so, but a more robust
and *working* Unicode/UTF-8 environment.

I'm one of those that really depends on it. Not for fun, but for clients and
production work (database conversions amongst other)

Good example though :)

-- 
H.Merijn Brand        Amsterdam Perl Mongers (http://amsterdam.pm.org/)
using & porting perl 5.6.2, 5.8.x, 5.9.x  on HP-UX 10.20, 11.00, 11.11,
& 11.23, SuSE 10.0, AIX 4.3 & 5.2, and Cygwin.       http://qa.perl.org
http://mirrors.develooper.com/hpux/           http://www.test-smoke.org
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