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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Was this blog post just a troll against perl5 development? Confused.

    • It's a serious question.

      Very few people use Perl 6. Hundreds of thousands of people use Perl 5. Many businesses depend on it. (Yours does. Mine does.)

      Why are Perl 6's developers able to make and meet commitments to release software and Perl 5's developers unable to do so?

      There are many possible answers. Perhaps no one wants new releases of Perl 5. Perhaps it's impossible or infeasible to release stable versions of Perl 5. Perhaps publishing a ROADMAP or a rough schedule of Perl 5 releases is a bad id

      • These are just people's general opinions, from what I can tell. All these things can slow down development.

        • Perl 5 has years of cruft built on arcane internals.
        • Perl 5 bugs have a greater risk of breaking more people's code.
        • Perl 5 has a lot more in the core and thus more to manage.
        • Perl 6 can and does make changes to backwards compatibility without impacting their user base significantly. P5P argues long and loud (thank goodness) about risking this.

        I could probably come up with several more reasons if I t

        • by chromatic (983) on 2009.05.29 2:14 (#68836) Homepage Journal

          All these things can slow down development.

          Be careful not to fall into the trap of thinking that the pace of releases must precisely match the pace of development or vice versa. I have no objection to slow development nor careful development. I object to unsustainable development.