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    I am in favor of this change, because it reflects an ancient wisdom:

    “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch will pull away from the garment, making the tear worse. Neither do people pour new wine into old wineskins. If they do, the skins will burst; the wine will run out and the wineskins will be ruined. No, they pour new wine into new wineskins, and both are preserved.”

    That same person also said:

    But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

    So I gotta wonder what he’d think about Perl’s 0 but true. ;)

    I kid, I kid. This is really interesting. The naming of Perl 6 might have turned people away or caused confusion. It’s a different enough language that a new name is justified.

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      Part of me thinks this is a good idea because Perl 6 has been in this sort of.. semi-existent? state for far too long and Perl itself has a lot of preconceived notions (..and baggage) that come with it.

      But part of me also wonders if it actually matters. I haven’t really seen much demand for Perl 6 over the years. I have seen a lot of Perl 5 users who are perfectly happy with Perl 5, though.

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        I’m absolutely happy with Perl 5 and continue to use it on a daily basis. It’s been my go-to scripting language ever since I learned 4.036 in 1995 for a computational linguistics course (it determined parts of speech with a dictionary and a basic grammar, and I got an A).

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        Plus perl is dying so it’s better to get away while it’s still breathing. 😛