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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Did you even look at the roadmap I linked?

Yeah, I did. And that is what made me think of the circle of light cast by a lantern. Say things go more or less as planned, and Parrot releases something production ready in a year. What does that actually mean for Perl 6? Is it out of the forest? Or has the circle just moved a bit in some direction?

Edited 2008-12-08 20:38 UTC

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