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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And Perl 6 is marching along nicely. There's plenty going on and it's phenomenal.

Yeah. I'm sure the latest nightlies are awesome.

Forgive my skepticism, but 8+ years of "Perl 6 is marching along nicely", with no end in sight, invites that. Something is very, very wrong with this project. I haven't paid close attention, but "poor project management" is usually a pretty good guess in these cases. Arguably, the most important skill a project manager can develop is the ability to say "No" at the right times.

Edited 2008-12-07 17:19 UTC

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