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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Why is this new language being called Perl at all? Exactly what is the relationship between Perl 5 and Perl 6, other than their creator?

    I haven't read all the docs by Wall and Conway, but from what I have read, none of it looks like the perl I know and love.

    Why not give a wholly new name and make a clean break?
    • by Damian (784) on 2002.04.24 15:23 (#7478)

      from what I have read, none of it looks like the
      perl I know and love.


      The Apocalypses and Exegeses can easily give that impression. But so can reading perldelta for any particular release of Perl 5. And the reason is the same: those documents are all about what is changing, and rarely mention what is staying the same (because then they'd be 10 times longer!)

      But Perl 6 really is Perl. It feels like Perl to program in, and most of its syntax and semantics are identical to those of Perl 5.

      It's like the old saying: if it looks like a Terminator, and it tracks like a Terminator, and it will-not-stop-till-you-are-DEAD like a Terminator, then it's a Terminator. The fact that it's now made of mimetic polyalloy rather than gears and levers and nuts and bolts doesn't affect its intrinsic Terminatorosity.

      Perl 6 is still the same killer language you know and love. We're just making it smoother, faster, more uniform, and vastly more adaptable.

      If you're interested in seeing just how similar Perl 6 is going to be to Perl 5 in most cases, check out ...And Now For Something Completely Similar [samag.com]
      • If you're interested in seeing just how similar Perl 6 is going to be to Perl 5 in most cases, check out ...And Now For Something Completely Similar [samag.com]

        Good article. It eliminated my trepidation about perl6. Now that I have a new eye to the changes, I'll have to read the Apocalyse and Exegesis docs in earnest.

        Thanks!
      • I found "...And Now" a very reassuring document - If the examples are typical of the amount of conversion necessary then we have little to fear. I hope that Damian will be able to update the document or produce additional ones when the regex details are finalised.