The end of the beginning

By Elizabeth Mattijsen (‎liz‎) from Amsterdam.pm , Vlaanderen.pm, Niederrhein.pm, perl6.pm
Date: Saturday, 12 December 2015 16:35
Duration: 60 minutes
Target audience: Any
Language: English
Tags: perl6


It has been a long beginning for Perl 6. Years of design, implementation, re-design, and re-implementation, left many wondering if the beginning would be eternal. They say in software you should plan to build one to throw away, because you will anyway. It turns out that "one" can be overly optimistic.

But, finally, we have reached the end of the beginning. The point where the quest for the perfect Perl 6 has become the clear enemy of the really rather good Perl 6 we have. And, critically, the point where keeping Perl 6 user's production code working between releases will take a firm priority over language improvement.

In this session I'll look back over my eight years of involvement in the Perl 6 project, share some of my favorite examples of Perl 6 code from my talks over the years (and probably some new ones), provide hints on how to dive into the language, and take a look at what lies ahead.


Attended by: Gianni Ceccarelli (‎dakkar‎), Dave Cross (‎davorg‎), Lukas Mai (‎mauke‎), osfameron, Paul Evans (‎LeoNerd‎), Christian Jaeger (‎pflanze‎), Lee Johnson, steve mynott (‎itz‎), Wendy Van Dijk (‎woolfy‎), David Potttage, Chris Jack, Eitan Schuler, Pete Barlow, Job van Achterberg (‎jkva‎), Marco Fontani (‎mfontani‎), Daniel Collins (‎solemnwarning‎), Anton Oussik, Clyde Ingram, Smylers, Dagfinn Ilmari Mannsåker (‎ilmari‎), Borkur Gudjonsson, Adam Taylor (‎adam-_-‎), Theo van Hoesel (‎vanHoesel‎), Anatolie Mazur (‎Mask‎), Tom Hukins, Kirk Gibson, Soydaner Ulker, vytas, John Imrie, Wolfgang Schemmel (‎Perleone‎), Adrian Faiers, Aaron Crane (‎arc‎), Fox Reymann, Colin Bradford (‎cjbradford‎), Michael Woods, Pavel Vodopyan, Pete Houston, Michael Gray, Eduard Wulff, Dinis Rebolo (‎drebolo‎), Merlyn Kline, Iain Campbell, Gina Sallery, Mihai Pop, Dimosthenis-Andreas Kyriakidis-Karakolis (‎Specchio‎), David Wickens, Rosellyne Worrall (‎rozallin‎), Hugo Areias (‎hugoareias‎), Christopher Hanna (‎Chad‎), Max Maischein (‎Corion‎), Katherine Spice, Andrew Solomon (‎illy‎), James Mastros (‎theorbtwo‎), Edward Higgins, Andreas Specht (‎ac0v‎), Samantha Anderson, Victor Churchill, André Walker, Jasmine Ngan, Søren Lund (‎slu‎), Brian Kelly, John Harrison (‎JohnGH‎), Michael Jemmeson (‎michael‎),

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