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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • Fear and Risk (Score:4, Interesting)

    When it comes down to it, people are afraid of change, plain and simple, for with change comes risk.

    I am not afraid of Perl 6, though I basically agree with your points. But I very much agree that I do not want to change, because with change comes risk. Why should I risk anything? Perl 5 is good. Perl 5 suits me well. I have no reason to change to Perl 6, with all its incredible uncertainty.

    In addition, it is not just risk, but time. Since I don't have any need for Perl 6, to switch to Perl 6 is a
    • I am told by the Perl 6 team that if I don't use Perl 6, and stick with Perl 5, that I am behind the times, that I am sticking with old stuff that isn't very good, that the future is Perl 6 and Perl 5 is a dead end. How is that not threatening?

      I stayed with perl 4, instead of moving to perl 5, for over 5 years. I "knew" that there were a large number of subtly incompatible changes with perl 5 and didn't want to track down the myriad subtle bugs that would start causing wierd problems.

      When I actually tri
      • Perl 6, will certainly be a bigger change to update code [than was Perl 5], but not a huge amount bigger.

        I disagree. I would have a ton of code to change to actually be using Perl 6. Thousands upon thousands of $ signs, if nothing else. Of course, there may be a Perl 5 compatibility mode of some sort, but if I am using Perl 5 anyway, what's the point?

        But again, with Perl 5, there was a reason to upgrade: to take advantage of the large number of modules, to fix longstanding bugs, to use OOP, etc. The very small number of changes needed for Perl 4 were worth it for most people. What I am saying is that I have no need for Perl 6, nor a desire for it. As a whole, I don't think the syntax is an improvement, I don't find all of the new language features to be useful or interesting, and I just don't want or need what it has to offer. It's not worth my time, especially considering all of the recoding and relearning I'd have to do.

        I thought Damian's TPJ article that his Sky Isn't Falling talk is based on was better than his talk, in that I was more "scared" of the sky after the talk than I had been after the article.
        • First off, I'm rather neutral about Perl6 maybe a shade positive.

          Now, I started using Perl back in 1996/1997 so I missed the transition from Perl4 to Perl5. However, I did have to deal with some code written in Perl4.

          My impression is that most people took several years to switch between the two and that most had switched (say a sigma or two of the population for the statistics folks out there) to Perl5 after 5 years. That's just a WAG on my part.

          I'm think that it will take almost 10 years for folks (a la