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Re: Future Perl development

Gerard Goossen
February 3, 2007 10:02
Re: Future Perl development
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On Fri, Feb 02, 2007 at 11:31:04PM +0000, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 02, 2007 at 11:26:34PM +0100, Gerard Goossen wrote:
> > The current development on perl5 is aimed at fixing bugs, and keeping
> > up with the rest of the world (ithreads, unicode). There is no
> > evolution in the language perl5 itself.
> > This proposal, is only the outline, there are a lot of issues I didn't
> > discuss, but they can come later. I would like some feedback on the
> > big picture, how people feel about the option to continue developing
> > in this direction.
> Why don't you feel that Perl 6 will give you what you want?

Although Perl6 contains many of the ideas of Perl5. It isn't a simple
rewrite of Perl5. But I like the initial idea of Perl6, to keep the
things we like remove the things we don't. But instead of doing a rewrite, I
prefer to start with the current code, and actually have a new version
in a year.
But there are many things that coincides with Perl6, like the need for a 
CPAN which can manage modules with versions for different Perls, like conversion
tools to help convert code for PerlX to PerlY.
So there are many areas where our goals and needs overlap, and of course
we should work together on those issues.
Or maybe we should revive Ponie and use Parrot as back-end, but making it
a lot easier by not wanting 100% backward compatibility. 

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