Perl 6
Perl 6: Revision 187

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(Also see the Official Parrot Wiki and the Official Perl 5 Wiki.)

Perl 6 is the "Super-Perl" successor of Perl 5

  • "We're really serious about reinventing everything that needs reinventing." — Larry Wall (2000).
  • "The Perl 6 design process is about keeping what works in Perl 5, fixing what doesn't, and adding what's missing. That means there will be a few fundamental changes to the language, a large number of extensions to existing features, and a handful of completely new ideas. These modifications, enhancements, and innovations will work together to make the future Perl even more insanely great...." — Damian Conway (2003).
  • "Perl 6 and Parrot have some extremely ambitious goals, and it’s my belief that the value and impact of our hard work and patience is going to play out for a very long time — that is, over at least many decades." — Patrick Michaud (2006).

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  • Perl 6 implementations (TMTOWTDI!)
    • Pugs (Perl 6 compiler implemented in Haskell.)
    • Rakudo (Perl 6 on Parrot; Parrot is a virtual machine for dynamic languages, especially including Perl 6.)
    • Perl 6 for Perl 5 (Including Perl 5.10, Perl 6-ish modules, etc.)
    • SMOP (Simplistic Meta Object Programming / Small Matter Of Programming: a non-VM C runtime engine for running Perl 6.)
  • Perl 6 People (Sponsors and supporters, plus who is doing what, who is interested in what, potential collaborators, etc.)



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