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  • it is 'the' primary, and mostly the only, reason people using perl have remained instead of migrating to ruby or other technologies. Perhaps the only thing that makes perl unique and special is CPAN. People too often forget this and stupidly think that over-engineering it, like p6, will be a revolution in newness and functionality. The road is littered with bodies of the puppy dogs of enthusiasm unleashed every year about this time after the conferences are over and are eager to tackle a 'big problem' only to find that, well...there's a reason some problems remain over time.

    I've kept up with the 6PAN conversations and though I suspect I will only consider it a worthwhile conversation if P6 ever comes to suffers from many of the problems that have kept p6 from being released years ago...when you turn something like this into an exercise of academic wankitude the committee will kill it by talking it to death. And killing backwards compat...doubly, perhaps even trebly so.

    Life is messy. So is CPAN.

    • Perhaps the only thing that makes perl unique and special is CPAN.

      I disagree. I think that the CPAN is a part of the larger culture surrounding Perl, and that this culture is the reason Perl is unique and successful. (I also happen to believe that the roots of this community lie partially in the design of the language itself, but that's a different musing.) The people continuing to work in, on, and around Perl are what keep it alive.

      I've kept up with the 6PAN conversations

      Wonderful, I hope I'll be able