|Perl 6 Unveiled|
|Written by Alex Armstrong|
|Thursday, 08 October 2015|
After more than a decade in preparation, Perl 6 is near to being launched. Its new features were unveiled by Perl creator Larry Wall at an event in San Fransisco on October 6.
Acknowledging how long Perl 6 has been in develop Wall told the audience:
"As the old joke goes, Perl 6 is coming out this Christmas."
There is every likelihood that this could be true this time and the first development release is now available for download.
According to the Perl 6 website. its new features, listed below "greatly advance" Perl's "tradition of expressive and feature-rich programming":
El Destino who attended the event reports on "exotic and new features" in the Pigdog Journal:
The account continues:
One of the most impressive things Larry demonstrated was the sequence operator, and Perl 6's ability to intuit sequences.
say 1, 2, 4 ... 2**32
This correctly produced a nice tidy list of just 32 values -- rather than the 4,294,967,296 you might expect.
Larry Wall also drew attention to Perl 6's ability to calling methods on integers telling the audience:
"Everything is an object. But only if you want it to be..."
According to El Destino:
With a nod to Douglas Adams, Larry said "42 is a very important number," then showed the audience what would happen if you called integer methods on the number 42.
After a long period of development Wall hopes that Perl 6 will stand the test of time, saying:
"We don't expect to be the language of the week. We don't want to play that game. We want it to keep being there... We don't want their language to run out of steam. It might be a 30- or 40-year language. I think it's good enough."
Commenting on the Perl 6 butterfly logo he explained that its:
"specifically designed, among other things, to appeal to 7-year-old girls.
Whether perl will be able to compete with Python and Processing to take over the hearts and minds of young and newbie coders remains to be seen, but judging from the response of those who were at the event it is likely to have an enthusiastic following.
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|Last Updated ( Thursday, 08 October 2015 )|