Linked by Shlomi Fish on Sat 16th Oct 2004 07:28 UTC
General Development The purpose of this essay is to explain why I believe Perl 6, the way it currently seems to progress, is the wrong thing at the wrong time, and why I predict (with all the expected caveats of predicting something) that it won't be successful. I will also suggest a better alternative for the future of Perl which makes more sense at this point.
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Just adding my voice to the bemused crowd
by Someone on Sat 16th Oct 2004 11:48 UTC

I though the whole point of the Parrot virtual machine was multiple languages and interoperation (initially between Perl and Python). I don't think anyone ever said that perl 5 was going away either.

C didn't go away when C++ came along. Even Perl 4 didn't go away when Perl 5 came along. Python, Ruby etc haven't destroyed Perl, and it seems unlikely that C# or any of its numerous spawn will make any of these languages disappear in a hurry. Finally, I believe that there are still people using COBOL.

From what I've read of the Apocalypes and Exigeses (however they're spelt) Perl6 is attempting to make a powerful, productive and easy to use language for the current era. My major worry is that it will never be finished, not that it won't be a major improvement over Perl5 (Which is already a pretty awsome language for getting stuff done).