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Perl 6 was allegedly imminent enough in 2007/2008 that I was considering using it for a new project at that time before determining that it wasn't quite there yet. It wasn't until 2019 that Perl 6 officially became Raku and even later that Perl 7 was announced. A lost decade in the development of a language is pretty bad (although not as bad as the lost 25 years for LaTeX3, which has had the advantage of not having any serious competitors).

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