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Re: What happened to the whole "small core" idea?

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Peter Martini
October 28, 2012 10:16
Re: What happened to the whole "small core" idea?
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On Sat, Oct 27, 2012 at 4:57 PM, Peter Rabbitson <>wrote:
> I do not agree with this observation, as you probably gathered by now.
> In my eye the problem comes to this: given limited developer resources
> does one sacrifice development of new features, or does one sacrifice
> the syntactical coherence of the language as a whole? I do totally
> recognize that having this cake and eating it is not an option, because
> it violates the "limited developer resources" part. So, unless (in this
> case) Peter or a likeminded programmer is interested in starting a
> rudimentary perl API extension to make this feature CPAN-able, there are
> only two choices left: delay the feature *until* the former is possible,
> or close ones eyes and let it slip in the name of language evolution.
Do you have any ideas/opinions on the API?  I do consider it a necessary
part of the implemenation, as my priorities are (in order):

1. Don't break anything if the feature is enabled, but the subs aren't used.
2. Allow the feature to be lexically enabled/disabled, since that allows:
3. Don't interfere with other modules which may do the same thing
4. Create an API to make it easier for other modules to get in the act.

I know where to put the hooks for the API, but I don't know the best way to
expose it.

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