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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • A good physical analogy of programming languages are bridges. Getting over a river without getting wet can save your health (getting sick is pricy and ppl that use terms like business plan hate pricy). In bridge-terms providing Perl (awesome) 6 free of charge is like making tools to make bridges available to anybody who likes building bridges. Ofc, you could just build the bridge yourself and therefore could keep Perl (awesome) 6 all to yourself. But with the free as in beer thingy and a bit of time you mig
    • A good physical analogy of programming languages are bridges. Getting over a river without getting wet can save your health (getting sick is pricy and ppl that use terms like business plan hate pricy). In bridge-terms providing Perl (awesome) 6 free of charge is like making tools to make bridges available to anybody who likes building bridges. Ofc, you could just build the bridge yourself and therefore could keep Perl (awesome) 6 all to yourself. But with the free as in beer thingy and a bit of time you might end up being able to cross _all_ rivers because you give power to the (slightly strange) ppl.

      Hm. But I imagine bridge-building tools aren't free of charge, so I'm not sure if the analogy helps me. It tells me more about how building programs is not like building bridges...

      This explanation might suit your dad who is of cause worried about your financial situation.

      I'm going to read that as 'mindful of' rather than 'worried about', because the latter sounds like you know something about my financial situation (or my father) that I don't. :)

      And as many stories-for-parents it's complete and utter cow poo.

      Hm. That ('complete and utter cow poo') would be a step down from what I was aiming for: to put what I'm doing in terms that he can understand without distorting them unnecessarily for the purposes of simplicity. My dad's a smart cookie, albeit with little direct experience of FOSS development.

      The Real Thing is that with helping Perl (awesome) 6 to get to birth you increase the speed of the speed of the growth of your personal phase space of shinies. How cool is that!

      I like the phase space analogy, and I've used it in a few of my own talks. But that wasn't really what I was aiming for here... the notational convenience is more like a better vehicle for navigating the phase space, taking you further than before, and in shorter time.

      Ohh, while we are on it. Is anybody working on bindings for clutter for Parrot/Perl6? And if there is nobody, where can I read up about making such bindings?

      I hear such things mentioned now and then, but I don't think anyone's working on anything like that. #perl6 at irc.freenode.net would be the ultimate source of such information, though.

      • Hm. But I imagine bridge-building tools aren't free of charge, so I'm not sure if the analogy helps me. It tells me more about how building programs is not like building bridges...

        If we put the same amount of afford into bridge building tools then we did invest into information transportation tools (think of all the miners that minded all the copper that was used to make the cables that where needed to power the routers that make it possible that you can read my words right now) it might get possible to provide bridge building tools by everybody to everyone who is willing to play 15 EUR per month.

        I'm going to read that as 'mindful of' rather than 'worried about', because the latter sounds like you know something about my financial situation (or my father) that I don't. :)

        Do you have children of your own? If you do and you are not in the constant state of mil