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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • What went wrong with the design of the perl 5 internals, or maybe the question is, what went wrong with the maintainance of the internals 5.000.

    I remember when Larry Wall used to write on comp.lang.perl about what he was working on for perl5. And yes, he said many times that there shouldn't (not wouldn't) need to be a perl 6 if perl 5 became what he thought it should. That the rewrite of the core was more modular, etc. and so the language could be extended through modules and XS rather than having to rewrite the interpreter.

    Now for some software projects, a 6 year lifetime is a remarkable feat. But for something that was supposed to be designed to avoid having a "shelf-life", it seems that something had to go wrong somewhere. It seems that perl5 only had the lifespan of perl3 and perl4.