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From:
Robin Redeker
Date:
February 28, 2007 10:29
Subject:
Re: Re: Future Perl development
Message ID:
20070228144506.GA21055@elmex
On Wed, Feb 28, 2007 at 03:01:04PM +0100, Abigail wrote:
> For PR reasons, it would have been better if 5.10 was released three
> years ago (with whatever features then available), and that is now going
> to be 5.10 would be 5.12 (or 5.14).

Three years ago everyone was waiting for Perl 6.

And now some quotes...

Quote from 'Damian Conway\'s Perl 6 Update' (February 2001):

  'Step 7: Alpha release
   ...
   * Scheduled: June 2001'

Quote from 'The State of the Onion' (by Larry Wall, 2002):

   'Obviously, Perl 5 has been aging, but there is no reason to bury
   it just yet.  And we haven't.  But Perl 5 will eventually succumb
   to the bitrot that overtakes all large projects, and we have to be
   ready for the transition to Perl 6 when it is time.'

and

   'Let me put this bluntly.  If we'd done Perl 6 on a schedule, you'd
   have it by now.  And it would be crap.  Perl 6 will be ready when
   all the inputs are there, and all the event-driven decision circuits
   have had a chance to make their decisions.  We're not the least bit
   afraid to slip our schedule, because we don't have a schedule.  We
   just have a plan.'

Quote from 'The State of the Onion' (by Larry Wall, August 19, 2004):

   '... [Apocalypse 12] ... With that, the design of Perl 6 can be
   said to be largely complete.

   We are now in the endgame, which is the name of this screensaver. Now
   that the Parrot engine is in such fine shape, it's time to concentrate
   on writing a fine Perl 6 compiler to target it.'



Robin

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