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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • There's a simple explanation for the disconnect in user perception of Perl6's status: All of the relevant websites that SHOULD be posting a big giant "DOWNLOAD PERL6 HERE" links are failing to provide such things.

    Going to Rakudo.org gives me... the latest meeting minutes and some links to "other sites", but NOWHERE on the page is a "Here's how you get Rakudo" or even so much as a "What the hell is Rakudo, and why didn't we bother just calling it Perl6?"

    Going to perlfoundation.org/perl6, the download links

    • Ultimately, the reason nobody is using perl6 is because the perl6 guys have done a terrible job of making perl6 easy to obtain.

      That's concrete feedback and fixable. We can work on that. Thank you.

      • It would be worthwhile to make some noise about November in close vicinity to the Perl 6 download link as a “look! that’s what real-world Perl 6 code looks like, and it runs today” demonstration, to impart the idea that what’s there is tangible and not a mere declaration of intent that’s of interest mainly to language lawyers – even if it’s not complete and nowhere near fast enough for real work.

        • It would be worthwhile to make some noise about November in close vicinity to the Perl 6 download link as a “look! that’s what real-world Perl 6 code looks like, and it runs today” demonstration, to impart the idea that what’s there is tangible and not a mere declaration of intent that’s of interest mainly to language lawyers –

          Thanks for the confidence. As far as I'm concerned, the more noise about November, the better.

          even if it’s not complete and nowhere near fast enough for real work.

          Actually, it's fast enough [perl.org] nowadays, even though some caveats apply. But we are still working on the basic wiki features, and despite the progress we're making and the fun we're having on the way, these are early days still.