Most Perl 6 will look like Perl 5

Nigel Rantor wiggly at
Wed Jan 30 18:11:00 GMT 2008

Andy Armstrong wrote:
> On 29 Jan 2008, at 21:52, Jeff Anderson wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 29, 2008 at 4:21 PM, Andy Armstrong <andy at> wrote:
>>> On 29 Jan 2008, at 21:04, Jeff Anderson wrote:
>> but in what way do you think Perl 6 needs you?
>> Remember, you was plural. So if Perl6 only needs those who developed
>> it, then touche.
> As I said it wasn't a leading question - so I'm not sure what you're 
> touche-ing.
> And I guess you're saying it's a language that only its creators could 
> love? And that you speak for everyone outside that group? I'm honestly 
> lost.

The OP can correct me, but I think the point he was aiming at is that a 
new version of Perl, or indeed any language, needs people other than its 
developers to adopt it or else it risks becoming a project that has no 
users, and hence, not much point.

If you don't believe that a language needs users to survive then that's 
fine, it just means we have different ideas of what "survival" means for 


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