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Philip R Brenan
March 3, 2021 15:12
Re: PSC #008 2021-02-26
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I am sure that the Perl 6 steering committee went down exactly the same
route. How will you avoid arriving at exactly the same destination?

On Wed, Mar 3, 2021 at 2:51 PM Sawyer X <> wrote:

> We held our eighth meeting of the Perl Steering Council (PSC) on
> Friday the 26th, 2021.
> Attending: Neil, Ricardo, and Sawyer.
> Our primary topic was Perl 7.
> * Preliminary work was done to map different users and uses of Perl,
> which we then discussed.
> * We discussed defaults as analogous to features. Any breaking change
> should justify a feature big enough. Do defaults count? Who do they
> serve, and what does the lack of recommended defaults cost? What are
> the trade-offs for these users and their use cases?
> * We reviewed problems with Perl 7 (changing defaults, providing new
> features, removing unrecommended syntax, etc.) and considered the
> possible options.
> * One major problem discussed is not knowing how much code breaks.
> Another is that breakages over a short period create an impression of
> a fragile language and can erode trust.
> * Other points of discussion were values versus strategy. Values are
> important, but they are not a strategy, and the topic of Perl 7 raised
> the lack of a roadmap for the Perl language.
> * Perl 7, as a concept, can also work without changing the version
> number but would be harder to accomplish.
> Our next meeting will work on converging on the topics we agree on and
> trying to draw what Perl 7 would look like in practice to evaluate its
> ability to work.


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