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Perl5 has some design features that are not as good as they could have been if it broke backwards compatibility. So there were a lot of limitations on how things could get added. (Code written in 1987 will most likely still work on the latest version of Perl5 released last year, or even on the version coming out later this year.)

The Perl6 project was to reimagine the design by breaking things that needed breaking.

If your premise that Larry is bad at language design, then you should be able to find something in Perl6 that is “terribly designed”. I won't be holding my breath, so feel free to take your time.






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