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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Perl might be on its way out`
by Simba on Sat 16th Oct 2004 20:23 UTC

Personally, I think Perl may be on its way out. It is being somewhat superceeded by Python. If you look at survey results, there is a fairly large migration of Perl developers to Python. The bad news for Perl is that there is zero migration in the other direction. So Python is gaining mindshare at Perl's expense.

Combine this with the fact that Perl 6 seems to lack direction. It's as if the developers simply can't decide where to go with it. The early stages of Perl 6 development were being considered all they way back in 2000. Today, we still don't even have alpha versions of Perl 6. There have been several failed attempts at starting to develop Perl 6, which have all been scrapped and the developers have started over.

Yes, because of some decisions made in the original design of Perl, the language has reached a limit in what it can support, and this practically necessitates a complete redesign that abandons backward portability. But even with this, it seems that Perl 6 simply lacks much direction. No one seems to want to know where to take it. Hence all the failed attempts and starting Perl 6 which have been abandoned.