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November 29, 2010 00:52
Re: [PATCH] deprecate ?PATTERN?
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On 28 November 2010 22:16, David Golden <> wrote:
> 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.
> +1
> 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.

This is correct. My rant was not *at* Steffen, but in response to the
general subject.

I think were it not for the back-compat-police coming out of the
woodwork so often we would have more contributors.  I can say for sure
that the prospect that almost any change, even bug fixes for obviously
broken behaviour, will bring out the bike-shed mob and the
back-compat-police does not incline me to allocate my extra time to
perl. Somehow back in the day when I was doing it more or less full
time it didn't bother me so much, but after a long day at work...


perl -Mre=debug -e "/just|another|perl|hacker/"

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