Perl 6 Delta Tablet: Revision 20
Per default all Perl 6 code is Unicode and you can use any weird character for any part of the syntax.
Less Unix Centric
Perl 1 was a child of the Unix world, borrowing a lot of folklore and words. As Perl 6 had to regularize the Regex and reform some other parts, this heritage has become less visible.
Perl 5 still has a lot of builtins, showing for which task the language was created. But to become more general purpose, the core was enhanced and some other parts got removed. File IO, Network and IPC, Formats, and finally that long deprecated pre P5 DB-binding (dbmopen) went out of the core or at least into sensible module namespace. The optional type system enables compiler optimisations to make Perl even usable in cases where you had to switch to C before.
In Perl 5 we had my, our, use, require, bless, can, ISA (is a), chop and also of course if, else, goto and all the loops. Perl 6 adds given, when, take, loop, WHERE, HOW, WHO and lot more everyday english, which should make it easy to read and understand.
Even simple Perl 6 looks pretty much like older Perl, it has a tremendous complexity inside, which only have to show up if you really need it.
High order functions, currying, you name it. All that goodies are there, as Perl 6 aims to a full support of functional programming.
OOP syntax is now more simplified, compact, knows about encapsulation and has many new features, including dynamic class composition.
Like in Smalltalk or Ruby every "thing" (values, vars, blocks, routines) is an object and ops are "just" methods. It helps to have internally everything in its place. But programmer still can pretend it's not the case.
Because every object knows his attributes and methods, you can ask the compiler nearly anything about the state of your program.
And because classes are made to get extended or changed, Perl 6 has not only full metaprogramming capabilities, beyond your wildest dreams. It is a metalanguage with a beginner friendly default that aimes to become a family of languages. Rule of thumb: everything is allowed, as long as you declare it.
One Spec - Many Implementations
Unlike every other Perl so far, Perl 6 has a precise specification, written in Perl 6. This allows to have several implementations, even syntactical compatible ones.
Native Perl 6