- revisionist history. For most intent and purposes, Perl 5 and Perl 6
are two different languages and pretending otherwise helps nobody. In fact,
it just creates misunderstandings and misplaced expectations. But why didn't
they change the language's name a lot sooner? I honestly don't know. If many
of the people involved in the project would've acted sooner, things
such as clarifying that Perl 5 and Perl 6 are actively-developed, independent and
different languages, even when the names suggest otherwise,
would be things of the past. Nonetheless, even now there's the alias Raku,
the name Perl 6 is the most used and probably will be for time to come. Will it catch on?
- scope creeps. As you state, Wall's goal was "to remove historical warts,
clean up the language design, etc" which he deemed "the community's
rewrite of Perl and of the community." but as we all know, things changed
along the way (e.g., untimely delivery) and Perl 6 turned out to be a total
different language to Perl 5 or to what many people envisioned as the
replacement for Perl 5.
It's not like Larry/Perl don't have previous form here...
Pathologically Eclectic Rubbish Lister...