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  • Rarely, very rarely, since Perl6 was announced has there been any funding for Perl5 projects. P6 is the money pit into which most funding disappears into and has been so for quite some time. Some years ago I tried valiantly to get TPF to set up separate funds, at least one for p6 funding and possibly one for p5 funding, so that those who still wanted to fund p5 or who wanted to fund p6 exclusively could do so. That never happened. P5 isn't dead, it's just very, very stable. :)

    Gnat was being honest and, r

    • You seem to be ignoring CPAN-space - i.e. much of Perl5 development is no longer in the core for the obvious reason that the API is stable, it works well and non-language geeks need libraries to solve their problems instead of new syntax or behaviour.

      As it happens I'm still maintaining Maypole - it was funded by a TPF grant a couple of years ago, and it rejuvinated the Perl (and other language) Application Server space, and now we have Catalyst, Jifty and others, and these in turn have pushed the ORM space with DBIx-Class and Jifty ORM appearing.

      A small grant for a simple MVC Framework may not look like much but it had an impact far larger than paying for some obscure internals to be fiddled with.

      That's not to say good work isn't being done on the internals, but it's hard to notice, because -- well you shouldn't really notice internals tuning unless they're fixing a problem that affects you.

      @JAPH = qw(Hacker Perl Another Just);
      print reverse @JAPH;