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Perl.com: The State of Perl

Jan 12, 2004, 23:30 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Adam Turoff)

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"A colleague of mine recently asked me about Perl's future. Specifically, he wondered if we have any tricks up our sleeves to compete against today's two most popular platforms: .NET and Java. Without a second's hesitation, I repeated the same answer I've used for years when people ask me if Perl has a future:

"Perl certainly is alive and well. The Perl 6 development team is working very hard to define the next version of the Perl language. Another team of developers is working hard on Parrot, the next-generation runtime engine for Perl 6. Parrot is being designed to support dynamic languages like Perl 6, but also Python, Ruby and others. Perl 6 will also support a transparent migration of existing Perl 5 code.

"Then I cheerfully continued with this addendum:

"Fotango is sponsoring one of their developers, Arthur Bergman, to work on Ponie, the reimplementation of Perl 5.10 on top of Parrot..."

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