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The Perl 6 Summarizer
October 14, 2004 14:22
So long, and thanks for all the fish!
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I tried, I really did, but I'm afraid that I must raise the white flag
to my teacher training for the next while and give up writing the Perl 6
Summary until at least after Christmas. 

I've had a great time doing this for the last two and a half years, I
hope you've all enjoyed it too. It's been a privilege to see the
progress that's been made with Parrot since I started. Dan, Leo and the
rest of the p6i team have done fantastic work -- it's only when you stop
to think about what Parrot looked like two years ago and then compare it
with the recent release that you get a real sense of how far we've
come. Thanks guys.

Thanks to the language folks, Larry, Allison, Damian, and all the
many and various denizens of perl6-language. Following the list has
been an education. Every time I find myself thinking a proposal is
simply poisonous, along comes Larry in fugu-chef mode to extract the
good stuff that sets your mind a tingling and chuck away the stuff that
would leave you paralyzed and dying on the floor. I don't know how he
does it, but I'm very glad that he can. It's no wonder that p6l felt
like it was spinning its wheels for a while there while Larry was busy
being ill. 

Thanks to O'Reilly for continuing to publish the summaries on,
and to Robert Spier and Ask for holding their archives on (and
for all the other work they do for, including the various RT
installations). The work they did in getting the perl6 lists onto made the task of working out appropriate URLs for
messages far easier than in the bad old days.

Thanks to everyone who ever sent me feedback; I've mentioned Warnock's
dilemma many times in these summaries, it's always good to be gently
lifted from its horns by a word or two of praise or damnation. While I'm
about it, thanks to Bryan Warnock for first identifying his dilemma and
for writing the original Perl 6 summaries that gave me the idea in the
first place.

Thanks to you all for reading, whether you sent me feedback or not.

I'm not about to stop writing. I'm slowly working through chromatic's
'Write Your Life' project. It's far easier than summarizing; all the
material I need is already in my head, and I can bash out words even
when I don't have net access. I may not have stopped writing the
summaries for good either; I just haven't got computrons to spare for
writing them at the moment. But if any of you are thinking "I could do
that!" then don't let me stop you -- there's an awful lot goes on on the
lists, and there's a lot of interested people who don't have the time to
keep up with them. A regular summary helps the interested but busy
people get a grasp of how the Perl 6 project is getting on, and that can
only be a good thing.

Sorry things have rather fizzled out; I just didn't realise until I
started quite how demanding this course would be. And I don't just mean
because I've got to wear a suit. 

Piers Cawley -- Former Perl 6 Summarizer

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