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Michael G Schwern
February 4, 2007 08:45
Re: Future Perl development
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Richard Foley wrote:
>> Perl 6 is happening.  There's running code.  There's a considerable test 
>> suite.  The performance is shaping up.  Even Perl 5 compatibility is being 
>> dealt with.  If people don't know this and think its all a wanking 
>> exercise... well, that's a PR problem not a code problem.
> Michael, I don't think the perl6 is entirely a mutual masterbation session, 
> and I never suggested there was no work being done - I know perl6 has a lot 
> of effort behind it.  However, I do think the public perception of perl is on 
> a serious slide and that the current PERCEPTION of PERL6 is one, and not the 
> only one, of the reasons.  And, yes, it's a PR problem of the greatest 
> magnitude, that was one of the reasons I asked on the advocacy list about 
> maintainance of the perl timeline, which has not been updated since 2001/2.

I very much agree with you that Perl (5 and 6) has a serious PR problem.  However, I don't think it will be solved by code, PR problems rarely are.  I do have a number of thoughts on this subject but I'm not prepared to go into it in detail just now, I'm busy on contract.

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