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Re: Future Perl development

David Nicol
February 6, 2007 09:33
Re: Future Perl development
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On 2/6/07, demerphq <> wrote:
> On 2/6/07, chromatic <> wrote:
> > On Tuesday 06 February 2007 02:11, demerphq wrote:
> /I/ am /not/ going to fork Perl5 anytime soon, likely never,
> certainly its not on my todo list for the next decade. I'm just
> pointing out the obvious, unless our community sorts this schism out
> thats whats going to happen. Goosen has already made a first step, and
> I know that in private rumblings others have mentioned it as well.  If
> Perl5 does get forked I would think very seriously about working on
> it. And I don't think im alone.
> Yves

I tried forking perl some time ago; the general plan was to write a perl parser
in perl -- no not as a wrapper around an C<eval> like Acme::Inline::PERL, but
as a serious implementation of the language as specified, using pure perl to
implement it.  Towards dumping the resulting structures to something that GCC
could handle; as well as having an easier-to-hack-on internals.

I called the project "TERN" which was an abbreviation for TERN Extensible
Rewriting Notation and even gave a talk on it at YAPC St. Louis, which
sucked due to the convention neatly lining up with the perigee of my
regularly scheduled

Anyway anyone is welcome to sign up for the TERN mailing list at

there is no traffic on it.

Basically implementing Perl 5 is a lot of work as there are a lot of
little pieces to it
that have stuck on over the years.  And there really isn't a whole lot
of motivation to
do it aside from wouldn't-it-be-cool which rarely lasts more than a few hours. Perl Programming lists via nntp and http.
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