Thursday, September 12, 2019

Is Perl 6 Being Renamed?

Ovid (via Hacker News):

By now, many of you have seen the Perl 6 Github issue “Perl” in the name “Perl 6" is confusing and irritating. The issue suggested renaming Perl 6. While some may think that the name of the issue is trolling, or offensive, the actual issue was created by Elizabeth (Liz) Mattijsen, one of the core Perl 6 developers, a long-time Perl 5 developer, and with her spouse, Wendy, has long been an enthusiastic support of Perl 5/6. There is no trolling here. There is a lot of deep thought, careful discussion, and a genuine desire to find a way to bypass some deeply divisive issues in the Perl community.

While the proposed name was “camelia”, Damian Conway made a strong argument in favor of “raku” and it appears the community is leaning towards this name for various reasons.


The far, far too terse backstory: the Perl 6 community seems to be split between those who view Perl 6 as a sister language to Perl 5 and those who view Perl 6 as a successor to Perl 5.

The Perl 5 community, meanwhile, is split between “f*ck yeah” and “f*ck you”.


Update (2019-10-22): Perl 6 has been renamed to Raku (via Hacker News).

See also: Perl is dying quick (via Hacker News). It’s not going to be “extinct by 2023,” but it does seem to have declining mindshare.

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