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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This is yet another example of an overly-ambitious software project, lacking in clear direction or anything resembling an attainable roadmap - in other words, a deathmarch to nowhere-land.

An attainable roadmap? You mean the one here: ?

We've been meeting our release goals pretty regularly for the past two years. I'd say that's a pretty good indication of clear direction and attainable goals.

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