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Perl.com: The State of Perl

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

"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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