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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pantheraleo
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2007-03-07

Well, I don't call 9 years to get to version 1.0 of Parrot, and even a beta release of Perl 6 still no where in sight to be "moving along quite nicely".

One has to question whether Perl 6 will have any relevance at all by the time it finally comes out. Perl is dead as a Web application language. It's still great for system admin scripting and such, but I suspect most sysadmins are going to stick to their good old trusty Perl 5 anyway.

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