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Re: Future Perl development

Richard Foley
February 5, 2007 13:28
Re: Future Perl development
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On Monday 05 February 2007 19:38, chromatic wrote:
> > Perl 6 PR has to be fixed by people whose primary itch is Perl 6.
> The fact that they don't make me assume that they're busy people.
The problem with the common people standing up and saying, "Enough!  We don't 
want the ivory tower, we want bread and cheese!", is that the academics, or 
politicians, or people at the top, can pour scorn on the lowly crowd with 
such veracity that it becomes hard to breathe.  Obviously we need development 
and change doesn't always come easily, or without pain, but it seems to me 
that the left hand is not listening to the right.

Look - this seems to be a division of 2 major camps, and really we all want 
more or less the same thing - for Perl to continue and for Perl to succeed, 
in whatever form, I think.  The problem here is that there are a whole group 
of people who feel their work is completely unrelated to the perl 6 
experiment, and that to say anything about it, which could be regarded in any 
way as negative, will just result in the powers-that-be spitting on them from 
a great height.  I think it's fairly sad really, for a language which is such 
fun to use to have such vitriol boiling amongst us.  

Then again, perhaps it's ok really, perhaps it just means we all love our 
work, and our hobbies, so much so that we're even prepared to risk social 
censure to try to save it?  Or is that just my age showing ?-)

Richard Foley
Ciao - shorter than aufwiedersehen

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