The quite usable version of Rakudo Perl 6 is planned to be released on spring (northern hemisphere’s Spring, probably 😉 ). We”ll see how useful it is and what one can do with it 🙂
On the other hand, Perl 5 is still being developed, and is very useful and commonly used. This gives Perl 6 developers no urge to do it faster. This may cause two problems:
- it may never be finished, as Duke Nukem Forever
- it may be finished, but not widely used (as some people like Perl 5, and others already switched to Python 😉 )
What do you think about Perl 6?
New version of perl – 5.11.3 was released. The next version will be (as they hope) 5.12
Waht is new in perl 5.11.3?
- Perl is shipped with Unicode version 5.2, itself released in October 2009.
- Perl can now handle every Unicode character property.
- The experimental ‘legacy’ pragma, introduced with Perl 5.11.2 has been removed. Its functionality has been replaced with the ‘feature’ pragma.
- Numerous CPAN “toolchain” modules have been updated to what we hope are the final release versions for Perl 5.12.0.
- Many crashing bugs or regressions from earlier releases of Perl were fixed for this release.
In my opinion is is very good, that perl 5 is still developed, as version 6 have still a long way to go, before it may be used (first, by enthusiasts, then by coders, next by big companies that need reliability and stability)