Is 2015 going to be the year of Perl 6 ?

Another year went by without any activity on the Perl 6 Maven site.

I just looked at the e-mails of the newsletter and the previous one was sent out on December 9, 2013.

So what's new?

Note! This site is about Perl 6.
If you are looking for a solution for Perl 5, please check out the Perl 5 tutorial.

In the last year, besides including Perl 6 related blog posts in the Perl Weekly newsletter I have not been following the development of Perl 6 at all.

What I did hear about is some strange announcement about a talk Larry Wall is going to give at FOSDEM in February 2015: Get ready to party!

To quote:

"2015 will be the year that Perl 6 officially launches for production use."

I won't be able to attend, but this sounds really promising.

I have started to use Perl 6 many years ago and I do so on and off. (The last 2 years were mostly off). Once in a while I get enthusiastic, publish a few articles, update the tutorial a bit. You might recall I even taught Perl 6 several times. Then soon I get tired. I have to remind myself that while one day Perl 6 might become the "best programming language" for whatever value of "best" we use, but it is not there yet.

I remind myself that I need to focus on the Perl Maven site that covers Perl 5. That's what people use, that's where they need help. And so I managed to turn the Perl Maven site into one of the most popular sites about Perl.

So I don't know if this time it is for real, but I think this is the first time that Larry gives a talk with such a description. So the developers might be really close to something that can be used by more than a handful of really optimistic and enthusiastic people.

Let's give it a try.

Let's see if I can stick to writing about Perl 6.

Let's see if this site can be turned into another popular site where many people will find solutions for their Perl 6 related questions. Obviously this largely depends on the readyness of Perl 6 itself, but it also depends how much energy I can invest in it.

Let me make this - to increase the readership of this site - to be (one of) my early New Year's resolution.

For a starter I have updated the source code generating this site and put it on GitHub. I also put most of the content of this site in another Github repo. (Some parts still need conversion from some old format to the the one used now.)

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Gabor Szabo
Written by Gabor Szabo

Published on 2014-12-29


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