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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • I share your fears to some extent. The amount of keywords in Perl 6, for example, is staggering in comparison to other languages. There are so many ways to do so many different things...

    Geesh, I think we'll just have to le-learn it piece by piece, starting with the familiar stuff and moving on to the unfamiliar as the need arises. Some of the features, like inheritance of grammars, continuations and coroutines won't be used by 99% of the users 99% of the time, but still it's good to have them there, just i

    • I challenge the notion that these features will be used so little. I think we will be using them a whole lot, much more than we think we will. Grammar inheritance f.ex is something I probably would have used lots and lots in the past, had I had something like it.

      That is one reason I am wary, in fact. I do not for a second believe that all these exotic-looking features will remain as optional as they’re claimed to be – no more so than we nowadays consider all the things which Perl 5 introduced over Perl 4.

      The thing is, something easy to use will get used. (And by easy to use I mean easy on the level of “has concise syntax in the language” vs “requires a module (which is internally complex) with a non-trivial API.”) Programming on the level of a module author will require a strong grasp on all of the concepts in Perl 6 – if for no other reason than to make your code play nice with prior art.