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Perl 6 : the language that is easier to read than to write

As I was sitting in Jonathan Worthington's talk about Perl 6 signatures this morning, it struck me how easy it was to read the code he was showing. The intent was always very clear, it was short and to the point, and just made sense.

But then I looked closer, and there were a lot of sigils, *, := and so on, and I could not see myself writing this. Now the fact that I have never actually written any Perl 6 might explain that ;--) I will see what the learning curve is when I start using Perl 6 for good.

Still, it looks to me like the necessary complexity of code is pushed into a compact and for me quite overwhelming syntax. Which is probably as good a place as any to put it.

It's still quite striking though that Perl 6 might turn out to be a language that is easier to read than to write. Some might say that this makes it the exact opposite of Perl 5!

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