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From:
Stephen Wilcoxon
Date:
August 12, 2019 19:17
Subject:
Re: perl6's new name?
Message ID:
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On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 1:42 PM Richard Hainsworth <rnhainsworth@gmail.com>
wrote:
>
> > The decision on perl 5 vs perl 6 naming is more revolutionary but it
> > IS hurting
> > Perl.  I love Perl but it has an image problem.
> True. Would a name change now have much effect?
> > If Perl didn't have an image problem,
> > Python never would have become so popular.
> Mmmm. ???? That is a very strong assertion and diminishes Python and its
> developers. It's the sort of statement that can't easily be tested. More
> a belief.


Not really.  If Perl had worked harder to stay in the public eye in a good
way (rather
than being viewed as dieing), there wouldn't have been a perceived need for
Python.

Python is fundamentally flawed (significant whitespace was stressed in
multiple classes
in grad school as something to NEVER do when designing a language (and an
older one
that I can no longer remember was used as the example)).

> >   Perl used to be THE scripting
> > language.
> True. And C was THE programming language. Life moves on. And in circles.
> Fashions come and go, and what was fashionable can again be so.

The big difference being that C is a primitive (as in very low-level)
language that is
great for some things but requires far more work than "modern" languages
for a
lot of things.  If you don't need the speed, there's little reason to use C
these days.

Perl, on the other hand, can do anything Python can (except stackless) and,
generally, just as easily.

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