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  • I think people are going to be slow to adopt Perl 6. I think most of us will keep using Perl 5 until we're forced to do otherwise because we're used to it.

    I don't pretend to think that just because I know Perl 5 I automatically will know most of Perl 6. I made that mistake already a long time ago with C & C++ - they have some basic similarities, but otherwise they're totally different languages. And guess what? I don't feel like learning yet another language.

    I've already got a handle on Ruby and

    • These days I don't tend to write Perl for work - mainly because I'm between engagements (and anyone willing to provide an endpoint will be happily received). So I do my Perl more or less exclusively for fun these days.

      I've been programming for a reasonable amount of time (around a decade or so) in various languages. One of my hobbies is learning new/different languages.

      I can program in Ruby and Python. Reasonably competently. Ditto for PHP, but I have to check the manual for the names of functions and met
        ---ict / Spoon
      • I don't see a need for the community to fragment too much. Eventually, Perl 5 will be as Perl 4 is now. Is that really too much of a bad thing?

        If Perl 5 will be as Perl 4 is -- meaning not used for anything except legacy code -- that means that a great many programmers will have moved on to other things that are not Perl. To expect that almost all the people who love Perl 5 will love Perl 6 is unreasonable, because they are too different from each other for that expectation to have any logical basis. So yes, it's a very bad thing, in my opinion.

        There will be significant fragmentation in the community, necessarily, if Perl 6 becomes popular. There's no avoiding that. Again, I don't want to discuss the relative merits of Perl 5 or Perl 6, I just want people to realize that both will have many adherents for many years to come, and that the Perl community is a great one, and that we should start considering this, so that when Perl 6 does come around, we can act in ways to diminish the negative effects of the fragmentation.
        • Quite honestly, it didn't look to me as if Perl 6 was all that different from Perl 5. For sure, it adds quite a number of things, but Perl 6 is supposed to be able to read Perl 5 code (otherwise we lose CPAN, and then I'd definitely worry). Given the latter point, why not upgrade to Perl 6 once it's stable? You'll still be able to use your beloved Perl 5. Over time, you might see a few things that you like in Perl 6, and start using it (the language, no the interpreter) as well. I think that the transiti


          -- Robin Berjon []