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Is it officially appropriate to talk about Perl in the past tense?

Perl 5 will continue to be the official "Perl". Development on that continues, and it has an extensive community, though not nearly as large as Python, which was once its peer.

What was Perl 6 will, moving forward, be known as "Raku".

Is that a "yes it is"?

No, it isn't.

No, just about people caring about it. (Okay, that was flip, but Perl has really lost its niche, and not many people are very excited about it now.)

Nah, plenty of people still care about it (I should know, I'm one of them!). And with regular expressions front-and-center in perl, I still find it wonderful for text munging.

Maybe I'm just bitter because of Parrot. I so wanted to use it for my language.

Then you should maybe have a look at MoarVM (https://moarvm.org). It is now the main backend for Raku (née Perl 6) and is all that Parrot was intended to be, and then some. If you want to get into it, you might want to have a look at https://github.com/edumentab/rakudo-and-nqp-internals-course (course materials that implemented a Ruby and a PHP on MoarVM).

That looks extremely promising!

Is Parrot dead (Monty Python pun intended)? I've lost track of the different Perl 6 implementations and their subparts.

Yes, the Parrot project is in deep, very deep hibernation.

I wouldn't read too much into it. "X is dead" is such a common sentiment on HN it's somewhere between funny and tiresome.

No. Perl and Raku are different, albeit related, languages.

I think technically yes, because the present tense should be referring to Raku instead.

Raku is not the direct successor to Perl, active Perl development continues.

No, Perl still exists (in the form of Perl 5) and is used a lot and will continue to be developed, now unhampered by Raku (formerly known as Perl 6).

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