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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Enough said ;-)

    Seriously am I the only one not looking forward to
    many of the new "features" in Perl6?

    A lot of almost seems like it's designed expressly
    to be not backward compatible (except for -MPerl5)
    and to confuse the hell out of experienced persons.

    I must say though that //= is something I've
    wanted for awhile (seemed wasteful to use ? : ). On the other hand I do use ? : (trinary) a lot;
    not just to do //=.

    PS> gripping hand :-D Niven rocks!
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    Were that I say, pancakes?
    • by swiftone (478) on 2001.10.05 12:08 (#1519)
      You aren't the only one based on the comments I've seen, but I for one am eagerly awaiting Perl6.

      Yes, I'll have to relearn a lot of Perl syntax. Well worth it to get a cleaner interface. (One of my dearest wishes is for a vastly improved subroutine arg-passing interface).

      Yes, it may confuse some experienced people, but remember why you came to Perl inthe first place and see if Perl6 is or is not moreso.

      • I like Perl because it doesn't tell me what to do:

            loose typing

            TMTOWTDI

            no forced scope variables...

            etc. etc. etc.

        And so much of the core things happening for Perl6
        seem to be in direct conflict with this.

        "I'm smarter than the computer (and hence language) damnit, let me do it *my* way."
        Or at least:
        "I *think* I'm smarter than the computer damnit,
        let me shoot myself in the foot if that's what I really want to do"
        AKA
        The UN*X philosophy
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        Were that I say, pancakes?
        • I like Perl because it doesn't tell me what to do: [...] And so much of the core things happening for Perl6 seem to be in direct conflict with this.

          I must disagree. The things unveiled so far seem to be if anything much DWIM-ier than previous Perls. For gossakes, why doesn't if ($x work?

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          Trey Harris
          Secretary, The System Administrators Guild [sage.org]