Category Archives: p5p

Help test IO::Socket::IP for Perl v5.20

Do you want good IPv6 support in the Perl core? The Perl 5 Porters intend to add IO::Socket::IP to the Perl 5 core for Version 20, coming later this year. IO::Socket::IP makes IPv4/IPv6 transparent networking easy. It aims to be a drop-in replacement for IO::Socket::INET (with some caveats), so that most existing code merely needs […]

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Paying respect to Module::Build

Earlier this week, I proposed that Module::Build be deprecated from the Perl 5 core. After some discussion, this proposal has been accepted by the Pumpking. I want to take a moment to discuss what this means, why I suggested it, and what I think Module::Build trail blazed for Perl 5. Deprecation means a warning in […]

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Is Perl 6 pointless, hopeless or just not done?

[Update: as you read this, when I say "Perl 6", it will help if you take that as "production-ready Perl 6".] I've been in the middle of several debates discussions about the evolution of Perl 5 in the last few weeks. I've come to realize that inherent in various attitudes are three points of view […]

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Crossing the Perl Rubicon

Yes, this is another blog post reacting to Matt S. Trout's Pumpkin Perl idea. (His followups are here and here.) I've considered a long, thoughtful reply about what I see as the problems Perl 5 faces, why various proposals I've heard fall short, and what I think is meaningful for the future of Perl 5. […]

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Updated: Visualizing Perl 5 release history

Perl Release History

Today marks the release of Perl 5.16.2. I've updated my Perl 5 release history chart to reflect this and other recent releases, as well as the forthcoming 5.12.5 security release (expected in November) and next year's 5.18.0. The 5.12.5 release will be notable for falling outside the regular support window, but within the security support […]

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