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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The mutable Perl 6 grammar scares me too, but I'm hoping that people never use it and it doesn't become a problem.

    In my "Bird's Eye View of Perl", the talk I give to managers, I talk about Perl being a single language that comes from the same source. The idea of multiple implementations looks good on paper, but it doesn't work out in practice. Besides knowing the core language and its libraries, now the mere mortal users have to wrestle with pecularities of each implementation and grammar. It the reason I s
    • The mutable Perl 6 grammar scares me too, but I'm hoping that people never use it and it doesn't become a problem.

      Yet, whenever I raise my biggest objection I have against Perl6 (meaningful whitespace), I always get thrown back "well, you can change the grammar you know...".

      • Yeah, I was just going to say that. "Just change the grammar" was used to end Perl 6 language debate sort of like "God works in mysterious ways" is used to end religious debate.

        Thankfully I haven't seen it come up as much lately. Maybe folks are starting to realize that easily mutable grammars are a powerful and awesome tool but not the sort of thing you want every kid on the block to use.