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Upgrades are just hard.

See perl5 to perl6 GWbasic to Qbasic to VB to VB.net

you either make a clean break or keep all the warts, Either way folks are going to be unhappy.

Keep the warts, COBOL, Fortran, C, C++, PHP, Excel




Ruby did a great job back in the day with their 1.8 release which changed the language to be Unicode friendly.


What did they do differently? I guess they benefited from hindsight.


> GWbasic to Qbasic

wait wuh? i thought these were just two of the dozen variants of the BASIC dialect... interesting!


Rename Perl 6 to Raku. People happier.


It makes sense if a language is so different and backwards incompatible than the previous version to just rename it to someone else.

Hence why a lot of people back in the day felt that Visual Basic .NET should be called Visual Fred instead :-P




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