A Perl 6 status update
Posted Jan 1, 2008 16:01 UTC (Tue) by dskoll
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The same argument applies for the transition from Perl 4 to Perl 5.
Well, there are a few differences:
- Everyone was clear that Perl 5 was the successor to Perl 4, and not a "completely different" language as some have claimed here.
- A small number of developers sat down in 1993 to develop Perl 5 and cranked out a finished product in under two years. They didn't turn it into a potentially decade-long research project full of experimental (even pie-in-the-sky) development.
- Perl 5 introduced features required for modern programming like
my variables. So it was obvious that it made sense to move from Perl 4 to Perl 5. The 5 to 6 transition is less obvious; there are some nice ideas in Perl 6 but nothing as compelling as the 4 to 5 transition.
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