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Inter@ctive Week: Developers To Polish New Perl

Jul 31, 2000, 20:11 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Babcock)

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"Perl, the scripting language whose flexible connecting features make it known as "the duct tape of the Web," will get a massive upgrade over the next 18 months from its original author, Larry Wall."

"The language is being rewritten "from the ground up" to bring it into the Web-based world and let it work with other Internet technologies, said Nathan Torkington, one of the developers on the Perl 6 project. Wall committed the group to the rewrite at the recent O'Reilly Open Source conference in Monterrey, Calif. Wall said a preliminary version will be available a year from now and promised that Perl 6 will be "better, stronger and faster" than its predecessor."

"In unveiling the plans for Perl 6, Wall said it will be so different from Perl 5 that it will require Perl 5 programs to be recompiled. Hardt said a utility for automatically recompiling Perl 5 programs is expected to be included in Perl 6."

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