introspection (and Perl 6)

David Cantrell david at
Wed Jan 23 22:51:37 GMT 2008

On Wed, Jan 23, 2008 at 02:03:47PM -0800, chromatic wrote:

> I don't particularly care if you ever use Perl 6 or learn it, but wouldn't it 
> be easier to admit that you're:
> 1) worried about the future of Perl 5, given that the existence and hopefully 
>    eventual release of Perl 6 makes it look like a dead end
> 2) afraid of change, especially that it makes some of your experience in Perl 
>    5 less valuable
> 3) worried that learning Perl 6 will take just too much time and energy
> 4) afraid that suddenly you won't be able to look up syntax in the manual, as 
>    if syntax had much to do with maintainability of actual working useful 
>    programs
> From my point of view, it would just be *super* if you prefaced 
> publicly-disseminated, hyper-generalized, and badly untrue statements such as 
> the quoted with hints to the reader such as "My faith-based feelings tell me 
> that..." or "In accordance with prophecy..." or "Dem bones, dey nevah 
> lie...".

In future, please make sure that when you put your own words into other
peoples' mouths, you preface them with "the voices tell me that X thinks
the following".  Please also make sure that you post on the assumption
that other people on the list are intelligent, thinking people
expressing genuine concerns, even when they disagree with you.

David Cantrell | Official London Perl Mongers Bad Influence

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