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  • Chris Dolan says,

    "After using Java off and on for many years, I've been using it almost full time for the last year. I've loved it. It's not the language itself I like, but the combination of Eclipse + Java. Java's strong typing means that Eclipse can infer a HUGE amount of detail about your code and make valuable suggestions for code completion, improvement and organization. Most of the time Java is still quite a bit slower to write than Perl, but at some tasks it is actually faster and is more likely to b
    • I think that pretty much nails it down.

      In my opinion: If Perl6 does not make it easy to create tools like Eclipse or (though I don't like MS) Visual C++ for it and have by default - and without any extra effort by the programmer like adding meta data - the vast majority of available code ready for use in them, then it won't be successful with the masses.

      It's not like ten or fifteen years ago when emacs ruled - today people are used to use IDEs offering advanced code completion, refactoring support and the l
      • If Perl6...

        This nails down my opinions about this article as well. My opinions are against people who are not @Larry or who haven't contributed more than a few patches (if even that), who speak as if in behalf of the community saying what should be done or predicting the sad future if their demands aren't met. I apologize to you because this rant is in response to your article when it really applies to a much larger set of postings across the years. Of course people are allowed their opinions - but I

        • > Who is Perl 6 being built for. It is being built for the people who love it by the people who love it. There are no companies or foundations dumping large amounts of money into it.

          There is very little point in building an awesome language that we like using if nobody can be paid to do it.

          If you can't creating a suitably strong economic proposition for the use of a language (and companies are, after all, almost purely economic beasts) and nobody can get a job working with the language, then the language
          • There is very little point in building an awesome language that we like using if nobody can be paid to do it.

            By that metric, Perl 5's a failure because TPF can't seem to convince companies outside of the usual suspects (including Stonehenge, O'Reilly, ActiveState, MSDW, Ticketmaster, and the Beeb) to chip in cash to fund its development.

            The traditional economics where businesses shell out modest piles of money for things that help them make bigs piles of money don't seem to work out in favor of the vo