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?
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!
"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.)
Published on 2014-12-29