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Marcel Timmerman
August 18, 2019 17:40
Re: perl6's new name?
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Hi David,

I think you're right in this. While I like the name chosen by Eliza I 
also thought about the changes which will follow after the renaming. 
Like in documentation with mentions of perl6, websites, books, 
extensions of modules, programs and pod docs etc.

If it comes to renaming, Camelia is the name for me. I strongly oppose 
to Raku or other names referring to Rakudo, Moarvm or other 
implementation of perl6 because we should keep the freedom to change 
that name of the implementation without having to change the name of the 
language it implements. In the past it has been Parrot for example.


> On 8/11/19 11:14 PM, Eliza wrote:
>> Hello perl6 world,
>> I saw the perl6 github issue, just was confused will perl6 change its 
>> name?
> <snip>
> I don't know whether to take this is troll bait or a real issue. Lots 
> of people seem to be responding; so in case the issue is real, I will 
> make two points against changing the name of Perl 6
> From an X.Y major-minor version numbering system standpoint, X is 
> incremented whenever the product changes significantly.  In the 
> context of computer programming languages, source code incompatibility 
> is an obvious criteria for changing X.  If source code is compatible 
> after a change, then Y should be changed.  Perl 6 is significantly 
> different from Perl 5, and, in general, Perl 6 programs are 
> incompatible with the Perl 5 compiler/ interpreter and vice-versa.  
> Therefore, the "6" was properly applied and "Perl 6" is correct.
> From a practical standpoint, there is too much water under the bridge. 
> Name changes need to be done up front (Ruby was done properly in this 
> regard).
> David

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