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  • One of my personal theories for why Ruby, etc., are more successful recently is that they abstract away more than Perl does, or at least they abstract away more important things. It's not so much the languages themselves but the mindset of the communities. It's one reason why I don't think Perl 6 is going to "turn things around" for Perl. [skip list of disclaimers for warding off flames :} ] We're going to end up rewriting a lot of existing functionality in Perl 6, but I don't think that will lead to more a

    • Considering the breadth of things that Perl 6 adds, at levels of abstraction that no other current mainstream-aimed language even attempts, I find it hard not to reject that statement as absurd. Junctions, laziness, multi-dispatch, roles, grammars… there are so many things.

      Can you name anything that Perl 6 is missing? Or name any language that already has a significant portion of the things Perl 6 is meant to provide?

      • Aristotle. When you use jargon like that it's not very convincing to me. (I see a crow outside searching for food!) It doesn't mean much to me or connect to my experience, so I just kind of "reject that statement as absurd", as you put it. (I heard a plane just take off from the airport!) Junctions, those must....join things or something I guess, like the internet tubes? And grammars, I know you ain't supposed to say "ain't" and things like that. (The French class across the hall just let out, and they wer