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Friday September 20, 2002
05:02 PM

Perl6 at YAPC

[ #7877 ]

After listening to Damian Conway talk about Perl6, the same word comes to mind as when I read some of the apocalypses.

    Elegance

These guys have taken Perl, added a select few concepts, run a few miles smiling and ended up with pure beauty (or beautz using a german kezboard).

Maybe they didn´t run smiling, getting a decent design decent is painful. If you get it right the first time, you either havent got it right or you just forgot where you stole it. But I´m sure they were smiling when they were done. Hello properties. Hello smart match. Hello exception handling.

:)

Actually, two more words come to mind; Power and Convenience.

This is powerful, useful stuff. And wickedly cool sometimes. The mindset that "ok, we can do this, but that´s not the general case. THIS is the general case, so let´s make that possible as well".

And it´s convenient. I love the distinction between syntactic sugar and syntactic vitamins. It´s the small things that matter, because it´s at that level behaviour is molded.

Perl 6 -- Elegance, Power, Convenience.

/J

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