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  • And Perl 6 has just come too late to save the day.

    Can I borrow your time machine? I have two business plans that require backwards time travel. While I'm there, I might as well release a version of Perl 6.

    • Hello chromatic

      It might be because I am not a native english speaker but I think I don't understand the meaning of your comment. Anyway, since it sounds sarcastic, I could hazard a reply.

      I don't mean to offend anybody, nor I want to denigrate the work that many people are donating to the project.

      Nevertheless, during these seven years Perl has lost a lot of audience, that's the real thing. And even if Perl6 came out today it is not going to regain it all. It will retain the current audience of Perl5, and may
      • by Ron Savage (5224) on 2007.11.16 15:48 (#59055) Journal
        You sound /very/ negative, but popularity comes and goes in waves (for all things, not just programming fads).

        That suggests to me that Perl (6) can - but not necessarily will, of course - return to maximum popularity. One day.

        When it is finally 'released' (define 'released'!) will be the time to promote it like mad, not before.

        After all, it's not designed to be a success today, is it? It's going to be our platform for years to come. Right now I have no intention of using/struggling with it. I can wait. I just hope lots of other programmers are also waiting until some magic sign tells us it's ready to adopt despite fear of things like new syntax, subtle bugs, speed, etc. And no, it's not enough to say 'You can use it today'. That's not my impression, and I take the decisions around here :-).