- SawyerX: Announcing Perl 7.
- Grinnz: Perl 7: A Risk-Benefit Analysis.
- RJBS: On Perl 7 and the Perl Steering Comittee.
My comments at this point:
Hey #perl core. Is there anywhere I can upload a cpanfile, so you can know what's important in production? Like Debian's popularity-contest, but specialized. (We install most everything via Ubuntu repositories, so you don't get downloads/test feedback.)
The perl7 thing is probably accelerating our plans to phase Perl out entirely. I'm not sure what we'll do if Ubuntu 22.04 ships a "Perl 7" that can't run Perl 5 code.
To be honest, ~20% of hits to our client-facing site are served by
CGI.pmbecause of some failures on my part (should have used CGI::Emulate::PSGI?) and on management (50% time savings is great, but let's work on features... forever.)
Anyway, it's going to be real hard to sell "work on Perl7 support" to a management team who have been ramping up the priority on "rewrite the application."
(Lightly edited from my twitter thread.)
Now, I realize I'm nobody, and nobody has to listen to me, but I think the popularity-ranking thing is kind of important, and maybe even a "State of Perl" survey to find out what's even broken. All I know from my vantage point is that Perl looks fairly dead already, despite how much I loved it. The Perl 7 crisis has so far been more anxiety-inducing than inspiring.
Updated 2022-03-19: Perl 7 is basically dead? Business as usual? I still can't help illuminate the DarkPAN for them, and management is inching closer to sunsetting our own Perl code. RIP.