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Perl 5 and Perl 6 are mortal enemies

Did you grow up with one or more siblings? Are you a parent with two or more kids? Then you know that siblings often fight. A lot. Perl 6 is described as Perl 5's little sister That metaphor fits. They share parentage. The languages are similar in philosophy. One is more mature, the other less […]

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Sometimes, it really IS a bug in Perl

Sometimes, you find a bug so bizarre that you start to think it must be a bug in Perl itself. Nine times out of ten or more, it's not, and some more determined digging will turn up whatever you did wrong. It's such a common tendency that I usually bias the other way – the […]

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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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