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ZDTV: Perl 6: What I Did This Summer [Interview with Larry Wall]

Sep 10, 2000, 17:02 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Larry Wall)

"Perl is a bit like a vacation spot. It's been built up over the years, and people like to pretend it's a recreational area. There's always some new bit to explore. Perl was never intended to be a simple computer language. It was intended to be useful, and fun."

"Perl has succeeded in being useful not just for CGI programming, but for almost any job related to text processing. Perl has produced a culture all its own. I can't begin to tell you everything that goes on in the universe of Perl, but if you visit Perl Mongers or Perl.com, you can get a taste."

"If a million people know and love Perl 5, why did I decide to rewrite it?"

"Just because Perl 5 is good doesn't mean we can't make Perl 6 better. A month after we announced the effort to write Perl 6, we already had nearly 200 Official Suggestions for things we could do to make Perl more useful. The Perl community is obviously extremely excited that Perl is continuing to evolve."

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