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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I used to get a bit unhappy by what at the time I thought were delays in the appearance of Perl 6.

    When I recall the sacrifice made by those who love the language (eg Audrey, Larry, Dan, Nick .. these are people whose stories have become well known. There are many others), it is not such a big deal.

    My confidence is in those who have given so much to this project (and to Perl 5).

    I would only suggest that people wishing to evangelise Perl realise that it really depends on others but they in turn depend on our support. Activating that support by promoting practical means of encouragement to the developers may be the best thing to do.

    chromatics articles on Perl.COM about hacking Parrot, Adrians Perl 6 operators, writing tests, and Patricks articles about NQP provide concrete instances of where suitable help can start.

    In view of chromatics comments about the lack of resources, it may also be helpful to suggest donating to TPF if the pace of Perl 6 needs to pick up.

    Bear in mind, that when Britain alone took on itself to defy Nazism in 1940 (sowing the seeds for its subsequent impoverishment), it had no earthly prospect of success, and in fact turned it's back on compromise for the sake of (as it turned out) those yet to be born.

    The Perl 6 project can take some heart from that courage and determination.