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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Perl 6 and Duke Nukem Forever...
by pantheraleo on Sun 7th Dec 2008 12:53 UTC
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Perl, and Parrot are probably second only to Duke Nukem Forever when it comes to claiming the title "King of Vaporware". It's been over 8 years since the design process of Perl 6 was started.

Parrot is probably a large part of the reason. None of the rest of the dynamic language world cares about Parrot anymore. They've already committed to building on top of Java or .NET (see IronPython, JRuby, and Caucho's Java version of PHP). So the only people still working on Parrot, are the people trying to design Perl 6.

Edited 2008-12-07 13:00 UTC

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