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  • Nobody is even forcing you to use the official Perl 5.

    I am sure everybody is aware that Alan Cox still maintains the 2.0 and 2.2 Linux kernel series despite the Linux stable kernel now being a mature 2.4.19 .

    The same goes for Perl - if not to the same extreme. There is sufficient vested interest for new modules to work with perl 5 and for perl 5 to continue improving even if it means sacrificing some innovation for the sake of legacy code. Perl 6 however need not be hampered in innovation by such concerns

    @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
    print reverse @JAPH;
    • Other than employers, that is ... Some people code Perl for money, not just pleasure.
      • Employers aren't going to force you to upgrade perl.

        Although this is the case with Java and VisualBroken that has not been a problem with perl or linux.

        Most of the perl I code is for money. Most of the time employers dictate that we have to use out of date systems rather than cutting edge systems.

        I mean where I work now I have to install old linux distros or download the newest ISO and burn it to disk. My employer doesn't care whether I use perl 5.00054 or 5.8 - I currently use a mix of perl 5.5 and 5.6 and 5.8 deployed on windows and linux.

        The java I have deployed so far is only as up to date as required for the third party components we use.

        The only software I am obliged to ensure is up to date is the Microsoft stuff because you can't afford to have mixed version of MS software because of serious compatibility problems. Even then we still run on vanilla ASP rather than .NET.

        Most employers haven't even deployed practice and technologies from the 80's yet like Version Control, Object Oriented Design, System Analysis or Documentation they are hardly going to demand you use Perl 6 when most of the time they don't even know what perl you are using.

        @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
        print reverse @JAPH;