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Elizabeth Mattijsen
February 5, 2007 14:28
Perl 6 -> Onion! (Was: Re: Future Perl development)
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At 10:09 PM +0000 2/5/07, Andy Armstrong wrote:
>Q. What about Perl 6 then?
>A. Perl 6 is an ongoing research project into dynamic language 
>techniques which takes its main
>    inspiration from Perl.

I think the Perl 6 effort would benefit from a name change.

Just as Perl had its roots in awk / grep / shell scripting.  But it 
was not called "awkgrepshell++" or anything like that, it was called 
"Perl".  "Perl 6" has its roots in Perl 5 / Lisp / Smalltalk and 
whatnot, so why not give it another name?

Personally, I think "Onion" would be a good candidate, because it in 
a way expresses its roots, and it expresses the multi-layered aspect 
of the language.

The name change could be exploited for PR purposes, and could also be 
used to attract more mind power outside of the Perl community.  And 
it would be an incentive on its own, because you could start out 
right now with version 0.1 of Onion.  And everbody would realize it's 
a work in progress.  And that it *is* a departure from what most of 
the world knows as "Perl".

Larry stated in his last State of the Onion that Perl was becoming an 
adult.  It's not too uncommon for people to change their given name 
once they've grown up.  And by using the name "Onion", we even 
wouldn't have to change the "State of the Onion"'s title ;-)


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