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Darren Duncan
June 27, 2021 22:44
Re: PSC #025 2021-06-18 minutes
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On 2021-06-27 3:31 p.m., Paul "LeoNerd" Evans wrote:
>    Existing modules: perl >= 5.16, for the most part. A few exceptions
>      exist for really high-river ones (e.g. List::Util, IO::Socket::IP)
>      but for most of these, taking 5.16 onwards means at least basic
>      support of try/catch, async/await, Object::Pad via syntax modules,
>      even though the signatures aren't yet available.
>    I have so far not yet encountered a case where anyone cared about a
>    perl older than 5.16.

DBI still cares about Perl from 5.8.1 and up; I recently asked and there are no 
plans to change this.

Similarly, DBI wrappers like DBIx::Class also care about Perl 5.8.1.

For my part, I plan to release brand new modules in that space, and on one hand 
since they're brand new I was thinking of just defaulting to the latest Perl 
version at the time eg 5.34 and then ratchet it down if people explicitly ask 
for that.

On the other hand the oldest I would ever want to support is the same version 
that DBI itself does BECAUSE DBI itself does, and in theory any features I need 
from Perl were present in 5.8.1 and its just syntactic niceties that came 
afterwards.  Except I would round to 5.8.0 because 1 seems arbitrary in my case.

-- Darren Duncan

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