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    Phoronix: Perl 6.0 Might Finally Be Released This Year

    It was revealed this weekend at FOSDEM in Brussels that the plan is to hopefully release Perl 6.0 by this Christmas...

    http://www.phoronix.com/scan.php?pag...2015-Christmas

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    Could this be the breakthrough that finally pulls perl back into relevance in the IT community? Or is it too little, too late, perl's niche irrevocably taken by the likes of ruby and python? Stay tuned folks, it's not over yet.

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    • #3
      Feature comparison of Perl 6 compilers

      http://perl6.org/compilers/features

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      • #4
        isnt Perl6 just a wrapper that sits ontop of Perl5 ?

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        • #5
          Originally posted by Anvil View Post
          isnt Perl6 just a wrapper that sits ontop of Perl5 ?
          no, according to wikipedia, Perl 6 was developed as a specification, and one of the implementations of this specification was a wrapper written in Perl 5 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Perl_6

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          • #6
            Perl 6 nowadays is defined by a test suite. Everything that passes this test suite may call itself Perl 6. The first implementation that will make this is Rakudo Perl 6 running on MoarVM. The JVM backend probably will follow quite soon after that.

            Backwards compatibility and the ability to do a piecemeal upgrade of existing codebases is of course very important. Using Perl 5 modules in Perl 6 is already possible and the other way round will be done before the 6.0.0 release.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by david_lynch View Post
              Stay tuned folks, it's not over yet.
              Given that
              1) Perl 6 is really a new language (quite different from Perl 5)
              2) there are many, many other new languages
              so Perl 6 has the same probabilities as the other new languages to become mainstream: very, very low.

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              • #8
                Originally posted by david_lynch View Post
                Could this be the breakthrough that finally pulls perl back into relevance in the IT community? Or is it too little, too late, perl's niche irrevocably taken by the likes of ruby and python?
                We already were at the "too little, too late" stage back when Rakudo Star was released in 2010. Today Perl6 is simply laughing matter. The few remaining Perl aficionados are sticking to Perl5.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by brent View Post
                  Today Perl6 is simply laughing matter. The few remaining Perl aficionados are sticking to Perl5.
                  Strange. The talk at FOSDEM where Larry Wall announced a possible release this year was attended by more than a thousand people and was concluded with a long applause and standing ovations. The Perl devroom was packed and people had to stand outside and wait for a free place though most of the day. In contrast to other devrooms, there was a full program from the first allowed slot till the closing in the evening.

                  With reality in such stark contrast to what you want people to believe, I can't help but wonder where your motivation is coming from? Do you see Perl 6 as a threat to your favourite language? Are your a hater of free software in general?

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                  • #10
                    It will be interesting to see how the Perl community reacts to this release.

                    The reason I say the reaction will be interesting is that Perl 6 appears to be a bigger break with the past than Python 3. The Python community had a lot of pathetic whiners complaining about that break with the past. Hopefully the Perl community will be a bit more mature.

                    Originally posted by niner View Post
                    Strange. The talk at FOSDEM where Larry Wall announced a possible release this year was attended by more than a thousand people and was concluded with a long applause and standing ovations. The Perl devroom was packed and people had to stand outside and wait for a free place though most of the day. In contrast to other devrooms, there was a full program from the first allowed slot till the closing in the evening.
                    I don't use Perl but it is good to hear that there is an interest. However attendance at FOSDEM really isn't much of an indicator of a language popularity moving forward.
                    With reality in such stark contrast to what you want people to believe, I can't help but wonder where your motivation is coming from?
                    Huh? Where did that nonsense come from. It has been what 14 years coming and it still isn't here, that is the reality we have here. It is a joke in some circles and rightly so.
                    Do you see Perl 6 as a threat to your favourite language? Are your a hater of free software in general?
                    I really don't understand your comments the amusement that Perl 6 causes in the community has nothing to do with free software or a threat to a favorite language. It rather has everything to do with the loooooooong development cycle that has yet to finish. If you can't see the reason Perl 6 draws these sort of comments then you simply aren't being open minded.

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