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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;
    • I think you're reading this wrongly. The point I was trying to make was that by calling Perl 6 "Perl 6" the developers are making the implicit assertion that it'll be the successor to Perl 5, and the implicit assertion the language a Perl programmer is going to be programming in five years time.

      Sure, no-one's going to come into my office and put a gun to my head and demand that I upgrade from Perl 5 to Perl 6. However you might look at it though, choosing to stick to a previous version number for a la