Perl 6
Perl 6 Executive Summary: Revision 9

  • Perl 6 is a comprehensive redesign of Perl that aims to {greatly streamline and powerfully extend} the Perl 5.++ ecosystem.
    • The many new built-in features of Perl 6 greatly advance the Perl tradition of highly-capable, feature-rich programming.
    • See The Long Perl 6 Super-Feature List for the long overview.
  • Perl 6 will support it's still-advancing Perl 5 big sister, and future versions of both languages will support increasing degrees of interoperability.
  • Perl 6 is defined by the Perl 6 test suite (which are in turn based on the Perl 6 language design documents), not by conformance to a reference implementation (as Perl 5 was).
  • While Perl 6 has been an infamously long time in development (see below), it has been relentlessly advancing along the long road to "industrial strength" in the last few years.
    • New pre-1.0 releases of Perl 6 are now made on a routine monthly schedule.
    • This long gestation period has allowed Perl 6 to make many important refinements on the basis of early implementations.
    • The Rakudo Star release of Perl 6 on Parrot is due out in spring, 2010. This pre-1.0 release is intended to be practically usable by early Perl 6 developers.

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