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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • >Eric Wilhelm mentioned that he'd like 5.8 (I don't think he was serious)

    I was, actually. The main feature which I find lacking in 5.6 is the simple open(my $fh, '', \$string), but it is quite lovely for testing things which deal with filehandles. This is indeed a tiny feature, but so are the benefits of sticking with 5.6, IMO.

    Yes, using a tiny module off of the CPAN could emulate this feature, but now we're weighing three tiny things...

    • Well, you certainly made me think about this. My thought is to start supporting 5.6.1 and beyond and then announce that we plan to start support for things prior to 5.8.X (5.8.5 for proper Unicode?) in about a year or so. That might just give people incentive to start upgrading. Maybe we can escape the legacy trap. Maybe we'll cause companies to re-evaluate their use of Perl.

      To be perfectly honest, though, I don't know that 5.8 gives us enough to justify it yet. Were 5.10 out longer, perhaps I'd change

      • To be perfectly honest, though, I don't know that 5.8 gives us enough to justify it yet.

        5.8.x is at the end of its life, and you still think it's important to support the previous major version of Perl? Anyone who hasn't managed to upgrade Perl to something released in the past six and a half years is unlikely to wait with bated breath for Test::Harness "This Time I'll Upgrade, I Mean It!" 3.17.