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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Can anyone (from p5p, maybe) look at Perl today, and tell us what the likely breaking points are? Functions will change their return values? Syntax changes? Garbage collection?

    Maybe a line should be drawn clearly in the documentation between what you can rely on and what behaviour is considered "undefined" or a "mere side-effect of a particular operation which you really can't rely on".

    Hmm. It is an interesting question.

    Maybe "Perl" should be defined separately (somehow) from "perl". Much like there are several implementations of Java, there *could* be several compliant implementaions of Perl. In the process of doing that, you'd know what Topaz must not break.

    Would that be practical? I wonder...