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Leon Timmermans
September 2, 2014 22:19
Re: Roadmap/plan for Perl 5?
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On Tue, Sep 2, 2014 at 5:42 PM, sawyer x <> wrote:

> I know this is considered a naughty word in some places, but I am
> wondering if there is a roadmap or a plan for the continued development of
> the Perl 5 language.
> I'm not trying to step on toes or to upset anyone. I'm also not trying to
> usurp any position. I'm genuinely interested in any long-term plans that
> exist for the language.

I think that, due to the nature of the project, roadmaps are largely
personal. I have plans of where I want to take perl, I know others have
their own (usually orthogonal) plans, but often timescales are not
well-defined. And nothing is explicitly written down.

Ultimately, the direction of development of perl is made by those who do,
not by those who talk.

* Is there a list of features that had been decided to be added to core?

There are some directions in which I suspect general consensus on it being
a good idea. Them actually happening is dependent on someone standing up
and getting it done.

> * I know there are complaints about the tests. Is there a plan on how to
> improve them?

I'm not aware of any large issue in particular.

>  * Are there any long-term changes desired? I know CoW went in some time
> ago. Anything like that?

It's not hard to come up with ideas. Implementing them? Well volunteered!

>  * Is the documentation where we want it? Is someone herding those
> efforts?

The documentation is of varying quality. I think only perlfaq is being
herded currently.

> * I remember Yves Orton mentioning his grief with the XS interface. Are
> there plans for formalizing and solidifying how to handle some of the warts
> he mentioned?

Again, that only takes a person to write some patches

>  * Do we know how we want Perl 5 to look like 5-10 years from now?

I know where I want it to be, but I wouldn't expect consensus on all of


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