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Perl 5.11.0 Released 235

Posted by Soulskill
from the and-so-soon dept.
jamie points out that Perl 5.11.0 was released yesterday, as well as a schedule for future 5.11.x releases, planned for the 20th of every month. Jesse Vincent encouraged testing of the new (development) version, saying, "If you write software in Perl, it is particularly important that you test your software against development releases. While we strive to maintain source compatibility with prior releases wherever possible, it is always possible that a well-intentioned change can have unexpected consequences. If you spot a change in a development release which breaks your code, it's much more likely that we will be able to fix it before the next stable release. If you only test your code against stable releases of Perl, it may not be possible to undo a backwards-incompatible change which breaks your code."
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Perl 5.11.0 Released

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  • Wow. . . (Score:5, Funny)

    by ibmjones (52133) on Saturday October 03, 2009 @11:25AM (#29627209) Homepage

    It must be real good if it goes to eleven.

  • by sakdoctor (1087155) on Saturday October 03, 2009 @11:36AM (#29627293) Homepage

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  • by rubycodez (864176) on Saturday October 03, 2009 @11:57AM (#29627477)
    no, proves instead of being dead it's stagnant. Perl 5.x lingers like scent of dead skunk under the porch while the Frankenstein of Perl 6 is still on the mad scientist's table, metaphorically getting body parts sewn on from morgues and cemeteries and hospitals across the globe. Perl 6 is the undead Creeper [wikipedia.org] of programming languages
  • by causality (777677) on Saturday October 03, 2009 @12:09PM (#29627587)

    no, proves instead of being dead it's stagnant. Perl 5.x lingers like scent of dead skunk under the porch while the Frankenstein of Perl 6 is still on the mad scientist's table, metaphorically getting body parts sewn on from morgues and cemeteries and hospitals across the globe. Perl 6 is the undead Creeper [wikipedia.org] of programming languages

    Where's BadAnalogyGuy when you need him?

  • Obligatory (Score:3, Funny)

    by razvan784 (1389375) on Saturday October 03, 2009 @12:22PM (#29627693)
  • Re:Wow. . . (Score:5, Funny)

    by Jeff DeMaagd (2015) on Saturday October 03, 2009 @12:49PM (#29627903) Homepage Journal

    Is anyone hosting a Perl 5.11.0 House Party? Will there be deviled eggs?

  • by iggymanz (596061) on Saturday October 03, 2009 @12:52PM (#29627917)

    and Perl use had dropped to 15% of its former level in the past five years because the perfect number of applications have been developed with it, there's almost no software left to write.

  • an absolutely appalling clusterfuck of a language that can't even use consistent function names within a single module (its name shall not be spoken).

    I think its name should be spoken. I doubt that I'm the only one who doesn't know what language you're talking about.

    Let's just say that you might need a Physicians Health Plan after trying to remember whether or not a function name has an underscore.

  • by uncqual (836337) on Saturday October 03, 2009 @03:13PM (#29629053)
    Kids today... Who writes in C? Real Programmers write everything in assembly - all those fancy "volatile" and "restrict" constructs are just cruft required because they couldn't find Real Programmers who didn't need stinking optimizers. Java... don't even get me started - support for synchronization IN A LANGUAGE - that's just silly talk.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 03, 2009 @04:33PM (#29629857)

    A few shitty CPAN modules and a few guys on IRC don't make the sort of programming environment that we can use for real-world work. We even see more practical activity out of the Haskell community, for fuck's sake. And they literally are nothing but a bunch of academics.

    My clients, who stake their businesses and their employees' livelihoods on my software, give a fuck about the stability of the software they use. Welcome to the real world, "Norsefire". If you Perl 6 guys don't wise up to reality, you'll all be permanently relegated to the crap heap that you're struggling to flee from.

    First of all, Rakudo doesn't have good support for Solaris and FreeBSD, two of the most critical server platforms out there, and the ones used by many of my clients. If it doesn't compile out of the box on those platforms, like it currently doesn't, then it's fucked.

    Second of all, Rakudo has very poor performance. This isn't so much Rakudo's fault, as it is Parrot's. Parrot is just a steaming pile of shit. It makes the JVM look efficient, if you can imagine that. Yeah, Parrot is that bad.

    Third of all, there aren't enough stable, high-quality libraries that'll work with Rakudo yet. It doesn't even have support for connecting to a MySQL database, for the love of herpes. It wouldn't even be suitable for running a shitty blog, let alone any piece of software that's expected to help make a company generate profit.

    Maybe you should stop trying to argue with me, and get back to working on Perl 6. Perhaps in 10 to 15 years you'll produce something we could have used in 2005.

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