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Perl 6 A talk by Simon Law Thu Nov 21 2002 18:00:00 GMT-0500 (Eastern Standard Time) false MC2066

Perl, the Practical Extraction and Reporting Language can only be described as an eclectic language, invented and refined by a deranged system administrator, who was trained as a linguist. This man, however, has declared:

  • Perl 5 was my rewrite of Perl. I want Perl 6 to be the community's rewrite of Perl and of the community. *

--- Larry Wall

Whenever a language is designed by a committee, it is common wisdom to avoid it. Not so with Perl, for it cannot get worse. However strange these Perl people seem, Perl 6 is a good thing coming. In this talk, I will demonstrate some Perl 5 programs, and talk about their Perl 6 counterparts, to show you that Perl 6 will be cleaner, friendlier, and prettier.