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From:
Nicholas Clark
Date:
February 27, 2007 14:10
Subject:
Re: Future Perl development
Message ID:
20070227221013.GL5748@plum.flirble.org
On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 01:59:33PM -0800, chromatic wrote:
> On Tuesday 27 February 2007 13:11, Marvin Humphrey wrote:
> 
> > Maybe y'all ought to break Perl once.  Then all of a sudden, some  
> > company will lose a million bucks and realize how insane it is that  
> > they didn't keep a core Perl programmer on staff as an insurance policy.
> 
> Or stop supporting ancient versions, where "ancient" means "more than two 
> years old".

I've not really seen anything substantive updated to 5.6.x recently, yet
firms still use it, and don't seem to be upset that no-one seems to support
it actively, certainly not so upset that they want to pay for it.

And whilst I thought that 5.004 was the oldest thing currently in production,
someone on IRC (who may wish to de-anonymise) said:

   "last week's project was rewrite a script from perl4 to 5.8.8"


There doesn't seem to be a market for supporting the currently unsupported.

Nicholas Clark

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