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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Reading the P6 summaries on use.perl is a real highlight of both my week and the Internet.

    Thank you very much for publishing them.

    Recently I have been reading the Bruce Payette book "Power Shell in action". PS like P6 has taken a radical approach to succeeding in its mission. Payette's book acknowledges the inspiration of P5 (at one point P5 was the root language) and also that the P6 solution to vardic parameter binding is probably canonical, and that chosen by PS.

    PS may be a less successfull solution than P6 since it has made some breathtaking decisions. For example, the built in -match (Huffman encoding is nothing to PS) operator has context sensitive behaviour (scalar vs array/list), but fails to provide a global match function. One has to call a .Net method on the regex class to do that ....

    That said, if you are MS, radical solutions are not a problem (and you have nothing to care about in the way of backward compatibility/legacy code).

    May P6 be genuinely innovative but helpful at the same time, especially to very ordinary men such as YT.