A Perl 6 status update
Posted Dec 31, 2007 20:22 UTC (Mon) by chromatic
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The problem is that Perl 6 takes developer brainpower away from Perl 5.
Is that a feeling or a fact? If you're going to present it as a fact, I'd like to see some evidence for that, perhaps backed up by statistics and interviews with a wide range of Perl 5 and Perl 6 developers.
We can start with the fact that both Larry and I have hacked on both Perl 5 and Perl 6 in the past couple of years, often simultaneously. It's also a fact that Perl 5 has had several new developers offer patches in the past few years, and so have Perl 6 and Perl 6-related projects. Would we have devoted the same amount of energy to either project if the other did not exist? Unprovable.
Another good fact is that several features of Perl 6 have made their way into Perl 5, mostly not written by Perl 6 developers. I don't know what this proves either, but I'm not sure it supports your factpinion.
If Perl 6 is so completely different from Perl 5, then it should be called something else so end-users and developers are clearly aware that it's a totally separate project.
The creator of the project gets to name it, and he's happy with the difference being the version number.
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