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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Perl5 is doing great. The regex engine just got a major overhaul, fixing long-standing bugs. It's very stable and very widely ported. It's very fast (unlike Ruby). People have built great libraries for it to do all those enterprisey things like object-relational mapping. It runs the whole front-end for, and large parts of the Yahoo backend, among others. In short, I don't see any reason to worry about when Perl6 might arrive, since Perl5 compares so favorably with the other options discussed (Python, Ruby, Java).