October 18, 2004

Boil the ocean with Perl 6

Sam shares my frustration with the unpromising state of Perl:

Ideally I would use Perl 6, however that's not going to be available anytime soon.

I'm certain that Perl 6 will cure all ill, find you a hairstyle you like and generally make the world a better place. The thing is, an increasing number of people are starting to have valid doubts whether they will still be around when that happens.

I stopped following news about Perl 6 some time ago, as nothing of substance ever seemed to happen. While I think that Parrot, the VM that Perl 6 applications run on, is an important and much needed project, the Perl programmers of today have little to no prospect for the future of their language.

Meanwhile developers are leaving Camp Camel in droves, and who can blame them? Languages like Ruby already present a near flawless vision of how Perl could look like in a post-OOP world, and their creators haven't departed on a crusade to nuke the sun, or something.