Linked by David Adams on Sun 7th Dec 2008 02:03 UTC, submitted by HugoS
General Development Version 6 of the popular Perl programming language will not be compatible with previous versions, but will open up a new world of custom "languages" and interpreters, according to its founder Larry Wall. Wall and his co-developers are doing with Perl 6 -- starting again. "It will break backward compatibility [but] in order to simplify it we have to get rid of old cruft, particularly the regular expression cruft," Wall said. "A lot of the unreadability of Perl is related to the regular expression syntax " and we didn't do that, we got it from Unix. It needs to be end-of-lifed."
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by flanque on Sun 7th Dec 2008 03:20 UTC
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Regular expressions are really powerful and can do some wonderful stuff but they are a pain in the rear to understand if you didn't write it/them (and they're complex). Heck even ones I did write I have to work out again what they do if I haven't dealt with it in a while.

A move to "fix" regex's in Perl is a good move in my book.

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