Most Perl 6 will look like Perl 5

Dave Cross dave at
Fri Jan 25 13:56:16 GMT 2008

Quoting Matt Johnson <mwj at>:

> On Fri, 25 Jan 2008, Dave Cross wrote:
>> Quoting Matt Johnson <mwj at>:
>> Have you ever run a beginners' Perl training course?
> As it happens, yes!
>> The current sigil
>> behaviour is pretty much guaranteed to be one of the things that   
>> makes most beginners go "huh?" It just doesn't seem to correspond   
>> with how most people expect a language to act.
> Maybe, but once you explain to them that the sigil relates to the type
> you want to be returned, the ones I've taught have certainly "got it"
> in short order.

I'd love to see how you do that.

I mean, I can certainly get a room full of beginners to understand it.  
And even to remember to do it at the right time. But they still all  
look at me as though I'm playing some kind of sick joke on them.


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