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David Golden
November 28, 2010 13:16
Re: [PATCH] deprecate ?PATTERN?
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On Sun, Nov 28, 2010 at 4:36 AM, demerphq <> wrote:
> I think you missed the point.
> [Awesome comments omitted for brevity]
> I think the community will contibue to be particularly sensitive to
> back-compat issues, it is in in our blood and heritage. Yet at the
> same time, the only truely stable language is a dead one. And we arent
> in the programming-language mortuary business here on this list.


I think Yves' comments were passionate, direct and on the mark.  Perl
5 will change and that will occasionally break things in the name of
progress.  Hopefully, it will be rare, but we should never think that
it won't happen.

I do believe that Yves' was speaking in general, and nothing personal
was directed towards Steffen, whose well-intentioned thoughts on what
turns out to have been a 16-year old deprecation have led to a thread
rather larger than the specific issue at hand.

Still, I think that what Yves said needs to be said and said again.
I'm going to bookmark it to save me having to make the same point
again sometime.

-- David

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