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

Any software project that has taken over 8 years and doesn't even have a beta release yet, is in serious trouble. Obviously, if this were not an open source project, the plug would have been pulled by now and the project written off as a total failure that cost millions of dollars and never went anywhere.

There are clearly some major project management problems going on here.

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