Most Perl 6 will look like Perl 5

Nicholas Clark nick at
Wed Jan 30 16:32:19 GMT 2008

On Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 11:10:04AM -0500, Jeff Anderson wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 30, 2008 at 10:38 AM, Nicholas Clark <nick at> wrote:
> >  > And Perl 6 is going to be released when?
> >
> >  In the future, when it's ready.
> Then you won't mind me pointing out the arse talking that has been
> going on for 6 years now. :) I mean, at this point we should be
> talking about Perl 7.

No, not at all. The whole repeated restating "Perl 6 is nearly ready"
when demonstrably it had not been has been getting under my skin since
about 2003.

I'm hoping that this has now been replaced with
"here we have code, come play", given that there actually is sufficient code
now that is accessible to all.

Although I don't agree that we should be talking about Perl 7.
That's just as pointless as talking about Perl 6.

If we want talking, then my opinion is that talking to non-Perl audiences
about things we solved, and happened to use Perl for because it was a good
solution, is the way to go. And, by implication, that will be about Perl 5.

But I prefer writing code to talking. And probably it's time to find a job.

How come so few people in are working for firms that are recruiting
and that they are comfortable to recommend?

Nicholas Clark

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