O'Reilly Network: What Will Be in Perl 6? [Transcript]
Aug 02, 2000, 08:26 (0 Talkback[s])
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"At O'Reilly's Open Source Convention and Perl Conference 4.0 in
Monterey in July, Larry Wall announced that work would begin on
Perl 6, and it could be a complete rewrite of the language. Joining
the O'Reilly Network Roundtable to talk about the launch of Perl 6
was brian d foy, director of Perl Mongers and spokesperson for Perl
6, and Mark-Jason Dominus, managing editor of Perl.com."
"O'Reilly Network publisher Dale Dougherty began the
Roundtable by asking how the announcement is being received by the
core Perl community, whether with excitement or anxiety."
"brian d foy: Well, there's actually a little bit of both. Some
people are really excited at the opportunity they have to get
things that they have been asking for in Perl 5 to actually show up
in Perl 6. Things like Unicode support for instance. But also there
is some concern -- I wouldn't really say it's anxiety, but some
concern -- that people are going to be able to be included in the
process, and we've been trying to get information out there that
says this is going to be a community effort. And that's what Larry
Wall said at his keynote address at the Perl Conference. He made
Perl 5, but he wants Perl 6 to be a product of the community."