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Commented on Pumpkin Perl Breakdown
I like it. The name "Pumpkin" isn't necessarily my favorite, but I'm pretty sure that's just pure personal opinion; I can't think of any real objections to it, nor can I think of a better suggestion. There's certainly nothing wrong...
Commented on My Prediction
I seriously considered that idea thought yesterday. I think it has merit, but I'm not convinced it will make enough impact. People are apt to continue seeing Perl "5" and not paying attention to the rest of the version. However,...
Commented on Perl 7
I don't think most people associate the introduction backwards-compatibility breaking changes with the year-based versioning. That sort of baggage is pretty heavily attached to the standard Major.Minor.Patch versioning, but I think it drops out of scope a little with year-based...
Commented on Perl 7
The more I think about it, the more I think using a year-based versioning scheme is a great idea. I was very opposed to it when it first hit mainstream (Windows 95), and I still think Microsoft does a piss-poor...
Posted Making the case for better Perl articles to Christopher Cashell
In the past few days Paul Venezia has written a pair of articles for InfoWorld repeating the familiar poorly supported "Perl is dead" nonsense. The articles can be found here (I'm not going to link to them, as I don't want to drive traffic to poor reporting):
Commented on CGI is dead, long live CGI
Simple, quick to install, but moderately well featured pastebin application: Stickey Notes - http://www.sayakbanerjee.com/sticky-notes/ It's written in PHP, but it's the nicest and easiest one I could find when I was looking for one to deploy for primarily personal use....
Commented on Objective-C for Perl Hackers
Objective-C is one of the few languages I have never actually used. . . but please tell me that stringByReplacingOccurrencesOfString is a joke and not a real method/function name from what I assume is a standard library? Seeing things like...
Commented on find and exec
Considering this is blogs.perl.org, I feel like we need to mention find2perl (translates a find-style command line into equivalent Perl code). All the power of Perl, with the rapid development and flexibility of the find command line....
Commented on Programming Perl, 4th Edition in time for holiday gifting
Woot! I'd pretty much resigned myself to the idea that, as long as it's been since the 3rd edition, there wasn't going to be a 4th edition for a long time (if ever)....
Commented on Proposal for corporate people who are stuck with old system perl
Just a note, as a system administrator, I generally have no problems with my developer users installing a local version of Perl and modules via perlbrew and local::lib. As long as their development work can be done without affecting the...
rjbs.manxome.org commented on
I think it is unfair to summarize my position as "We're not going to do anything." Indeed, when you asked me privately for clarification, I wrote that while we do not have standing to change the name of the language, and while I do not think that specifically is a good plan:
I am definitely open to hearing how else we can convince people that cool stuff is happening (emphasis on both "cool" and the use of present tense) in Perl 5. My feeling is that "popular, powerful full programs being written in Perl" is the likeliest panacea, but that's a hunch.
arrestee commented on
There's a problem here that I don't see being discussed. "Perl7" or "Perl2013" or "Perl Foo" is a fork, plain and simple. The 5.xx line will not end just because somebody decides to evolve Perl5 into something not quite compatible with what it was. There will still have to bug fixes, which means maintainers, which means itches to scratch and ideas to try. In short order, we will have Perl v5.2x, and Perl6, AND Perl 20xx.
Stevan Little already explained that one of the reasons he decided to build from scratch with Moe is that there's a serious shortage or surgeons qualified to o…
Wendy commented on
Perl 6 already has Rakudo with a monthly release cycle with year and month in the name. At the moment we can all work with Rakudo Star 2013.01 and work is being done on 2013.02.
Renaming Perl 5.20 to Perl 7 and skipping Perl 6 is throwing away man-years of work, energy, inspiration. Just talking about it might demotivate everybody in the community of Perl 6 developers.
Many people are not interested at all in Perl 6, even not knowing that enormous efforts are made to make Perl 6 more and more backwards compatible with Perl 5, and giving Perl 6 more features that people are w…
CosmicNet commented on
I believe that such action would be a real nail in the coffin. After all the talk of Perl 6 being the language of the future, people see a Perl 7 release, think "Wow lets take a look" and Perl becomes a laughing stock when they all see it's just a patched Perl 5. What's worse this would jeopardise Perl 6, and all that's gone into it. I think a better title would have been "How to wipe Perl out for good with a simple version number change" or more simple "The Perl 7 one liner of death".
Perl 6 is the future, an I firmly believe it'll fix everything. If people are impatient then the so…
Matt S Trout (mst) commented on
As an alternative idea - how about we pick a name rather than getting even further into the numbers game?
See my blog post on the subject for my suggestion as to what to pick.
-- mst, out
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