Comment: Re:Off-topic (Perl 6 syntax) (Score 1) on 2010.05.02 11:13
Attached to: GSoC, contextuals, and intolerance (three posts in one)
I've actually read all these these references before posting here. I don't usually actively participate in discussions, though.
"Scary" was the least offensive adjective I could think of to express my general disapproval of it. "Batshit fucking insane" sounds more like my thoughts.
Anyway, the whole periodic table of operators sounded novel when I first looked at it a few years ago. These days, I just feel like such things could be the last nail in the coffin for Perl in general.
I'm a bit more optimistic lately as the downward trend for Perl 5 seems to be history (or least it's now stable). But I still think Perl 6 has a large potential of doing some serious damage.
Perl 6 is probably a nice and revolutionary language and I remember being excited about its ideas in the past. However, my feeling is that in the middle of turning those ideas into reality, people got lost somehow (or just chose a very awkward and longer path).
I'm guess I'm just too much into "Perl Survival Mode" in the past couple of years. Being a Perl supporter has been largely an "us vs. them" thing everywhere and Perl 6 just seems to get into the way sometimes. It wouldn't be an issue if everyone else was reasonable, but it's common to try to push Perl as a solution only to have some moron reply something along those lines: "Come on, we're not really going to choose a language with a periodic table of operators, are we?"
This isn't an issue in pure-Perl shops, but these are rare in most places in the world and *extremely* rare where I live.