Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Where is Perl 6?

Chromatic has written up a good summary of the current state of Perl 6 development for the O'Reilly Perl.com site. He talks at length about the advantages of Perl 6 and addresses the question everyone is of course asking. When's it going to be ready? The answers of course is, as always, it'll be ready when it's ready...

I actually didn't spot this article till it hit Slashdot, and looking through the comments it generated I was actually fairly surprised by the amount of anti-Perl feeling out there. After all, everyone I know loves the language, and for the record a list-of-lists isn't hard...
my @list = ( [1,2], [3,4], [5,6], [7,8] );
I don't really think the syntax is so hard, so what's the problem here guys? In fact if you understand the underlying data model you're dealing with, the syntax is obvious. You wouldn't try to code in a language where you don't understand how the data is stored, right?