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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • There is little argument, I hope, that Perl 6 is a very different language than Perl 5. Different enough that for those who have used Perl 5 to great effect in the past it is akin to the prospect of learning any other 'new' language. Learning a new language with none of the supporting example code and available books as those other 'new' languages.

    Learning a new language that doesn't have the stable and fast core that makes the interpreter seem like a good choice over the other new languages.

    This doesn't count as an argument against continued use of Perl 5 (other than the fact that competition for mindshare is real competition and deciding not to address FUD or play a marketing game is a losing proposition) but it does count as a proposition to potentially dismiss Perl 6 even though there is significant evidence that it (Rakudo) has regular stable releases.

    I don't think that the relevant audience for these arguments care that there is a stable incomplete interpreter. What they need to hear is how Perl 6 lets them more effectively do their jobs. Why is Perl 6 an advance over Perl 5? Why is Perl 6 an advantage over using Ruby or Python or Haskell or ...? Why will the developers we want to hire opt for Perl 6 tomorrow? Perl 6, the spec (not the interpreter), needs advocacy.