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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I don't think I am mistaken. The reason being that there is no obvious benefit to porting Python, Ruby, or PHP to Parrot. Not when there are already production quality versions written on top of the JVM and the .NET VM. And these implementations often run circles around their C counterparts because they can take advantage of JIT compilation and such.

I just can't see any obvious benefit to porting Python, Ruby, or PHP to Parrot. Other than "it might be fun to port it". But there's no real practical benefit.

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