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  • by gnat (29) on 2002.04.16 17:39 (#7134) Journal
    The Perl community today isn't what it was a year ago, or two years ago. New blood in, old blood retiring. The Perl community is changing, even without Perl 6.

    I think perl4-perl5 is one model for what will happen. There'll be a period of peaceful coexistence, then when nobody wants to maintain the earlier version and answers to bug reports start being "upgrade", and one by one the hangouts move to the new system and become as familiar with it as they were with the old.

    I doubt anybody will look down their nose at Perl 5 users. If anything, Perl 6 users will deserve sympathy at the start--they'll be the ones with the uphill road for a while! They'll be finding bugs, discovering missing functionality, etc., while all the perl5 folks sit back and sip their lattes, smug in nearly ten years of bug fixes.

    This would make an interesting panel discussion for YAPC ....

    --Nat