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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I have just come back from YAPC::Europe where I attended Damian's talk on Perl 6. Now I know why the Perl community loves Damian so much: he is probably the best speaker I have ever seen. I was interested in Perl 6 before the talk, but I'm now totally interested in it. It just looks so good: declarative classes, properties, improved regex, the list goes on for ages. I suspect that Perl 6 will be the most powerful programming language ever.

    Of course, some changes are annoying. I'm not fully convinced about the new sigils, and I don't like how foreach is being dropped, but well... All in all, I think these points a price worth paying.

    What's so bad now is waiting: I want Perl 6 now! Now! And when I was speaking to Larry at YAPC::Europe, he said that a "fully functioning Perl 5 equivalent is still a year away". So, we must do the one thing we can do to help: donate to the Perl Foundation [perlfoundation.org].