Most Perl 6 will look like Perl 5

Jonathan Rockway jon at
Fri Jan 25 17:07:20 GMT 2008

Bruce Richardson <itsbruce at> writes:

> On Fri, Jan 25, 2008 at 01:56:16PM +0000, Dave Cross wrote:
>> >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.
> It's definitely one of those features that raises the bar in Perl.  I
> always had the feeling that much or most of the Perl community likes
> things that way, as a mechanism for sifting out those who are only fit
> to write webforum software in PHP.

Rewind 10 years and they were doing this in Perl.  Matt's Script
Archive, anyone?

My point is there were always and will always be bad programmers.
What character you put in front of a variable to make it an array
slice isn't going to change this.

Jonathan Rockway

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