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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?
    • Having done a chunk of non trivial perl 6 coding (A Scheme Interpreter), I can tell you that it 'feels' like Perl. My general feeling was along the lines of "Why can't I do this in Perl now", and not just for the // operator. given/when, the new subroutine prototyping rules, lexically scoped subs and all the rest just felt right.