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Re: Naming debate- what's the location for it?

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Steve Pitchford
February 9, 2018 22:45
Re: Naming debate- what's the location for it?
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Ok. So here is something revolutionary.

Free up "Perl 6" for a future generation of Perl 5 and remove the ceiling
on the perl 5 language. Perl 6 has become more than a major iteration,
hasn't it?

Perl on parrot
Perl on jam
Perl on mono

Lots of space for a five from six once you vacate the lot.

Reposition as not so much a sequel as a spin off, a "b side". Some b-sides
have eclipsed the inspiration. Sometimes letting go is what counts.


( I continually admire from afar what has been achieved and surfaced in the
voyage of discovery that is YOUR language )

On 9 Feb 2018 10:34 pm, "Darren Duncan" <> wrote:

> On 2018-02-09 12:55 PM, Eaglestone, Robert J wrote:
>> I think a name change is too radical. /And yet/.
>> I think Steve has a point, though I don’t know what to do about it.  The
>> developers in my little corner of the world may not be up on the
>> new-language-of-the-week, but even they see Perl as a has-been, write-only
>> language, so when their brain matches /perl/i they automatically toss it in
>> the bit bucket.  Some of them are too nice to say it outright.  Some aren’t.
> Personally I think having the "6" as part of the name is the worst part of
> the situation.  Its too confusing with a version number.
> I think if we want to keep "Perl" in the name we should use "C" as a
> precedent. Other related languages keeping "C" include "Objective C", "C#",
> "C++", and its much more clear those are separate languages, even if
> C-alike.
> So one way or another, "6" should be dropped from the name of the language
> formally.  Then we either have "Foo Perl" or "Perl Foo" or "Foo".
> After this is done, regular "Perl" can also be free to increment its first
> version number for major releases (albeit skipping 6 to avoid confusion)
> just as Postgres and many other projects do these days, as staying at 5.x
> forever is weird.
> -- Darren Duncan

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