Category Archives: p5p

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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Visualizing the Perl 5 support policy

Perl 5 Release Timeline (Amended)

My last post showed historical Perl 5 release cycles, but comments I got on and off the blog suggested that my vaguely positive sentiments about the official support policy were misunderstood. This post expands and clarifies my view. I have redone my Perl 5 release cycle graph again with a few changes. First, for the […]

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Visualizing Perl 5 release cycles

Beginning with Perl 5, version 12, the Perl 5 language began an annual release cycle, with a new stable release around May of each year. Beginning with version 14, the Perl 5 maintainers also announced a formal support policy and ended support for version 10. This is a significant change from the history of Perl, […]

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Counterfactual Perl 6

Several recent posts (more here and here) discuss whether Perl 6 is an impediment for progress of Perl 5 and debate remedies involving changing the name of one or the other. The problem I have with these debates is that they sideline the realities of the current situation in favor of romanticizing a counterfactual. The […]

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