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Re: Future Perl development

Thomas Fjellstrom
February 4, 2007 08:46
Re: Future Perl development
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On Sunday 04 February 2007 9:36 am, Michael G Schwern wrote:
> Dr.Ruud wrote:
> > Richard Foley schreef:
> >> Personally, and I realise this marks me out as a radical
> >> non-conformist, I'd like to see a perl7, if only because perl6 seems
> >> such an unattainable exercise.
> >
> > Or go from 'Perl 5.9.x' to 'Perl5 v10.0'.
> That's a good point.  Why folks think developing a hypothetical Perl 7 on
> top of Perl 5 will be quick and easy I don't know.  Its been 3.5 years
> since 5.9.0 and 5.10 still isn't out.
> This isn't a criticism of p5p but pointing out that Perl 5 is a pain in the
> ass to develop and it takes a long time to get everything just right.  4
> years between major Perl 5 releases and suddenly 10 for a complete rewrite
> doesn't look so bad.

A rewrite of a large complex project will often take less time than trying to 
shove a ton of old legacy code through a round hole (*cough*) and thats only 
if you have the man power. I'm part of a much smaller project that has been 
planning "version 5" for about 6 years now, and that's all but dropped since 
there isn't enough people to do an entire rewrite, so we have to do the 
incremental updates, a piece here, a piece there, and that is taking quite 
some time.

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