Wednesday, August 03, 2005

What's new in Perl 5

After listening to the status of Perl 6, I thought I'd sit in on Nick Clark and Rafael Garcia-Suarez talk on the status of Perl 5. It looks like things are going fairly steadily. However one thing that did spring out at me is that as of Perl 5.9.*, the pack( ) function will work in character mode by default. Since I make fairly extensive use of pack( ) I'll have to figure out how this is going to affect me...

Oh, and there still isn't any progress in sharing objects across Perl ithreads unfortunately!