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Is Perl 6 Being Renamed?

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The issue suggested renaming Perl 6. While some may think that the name of the issue is trolling, or offensive, the actual issue was created by Elizabeth (Liz) Mattijsen, one of the core Perl 6 developers, a long-time Perl 5 developer, and with her spouse, Wendy, has long been an enthusiastic support of Perl 5/6. There is no trolling here. There is a lot of deep thought, careful discussion, and a genuine desire to find a way to bypass some deeply divisive issues in the Perl community.

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So yeah, there's bitterness and the Perl community not only needs to heal, but we need to find a way forward for both languages. The suggestion to change the name of Perl 6 to 'raku' is effectively designed to make this happen. Perl 5 can figure out how to get beyond the branding issue that's been plaguing it and Perl 6 can do the same thing.

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Developer community ponders language name with less baggage

  • Clutching at its Perl, developer community ponders language name with less baggage

    Earlier this month, Elizabeth Mattijsen, a Dutch software developer and contributor to the open-source Perl programming language, opened an issue in the GitHub Perl 6 repository seeking to rename the project because having "Perl" in the name is "confusing and irritating."

    To understand why that's so, it's necessary to know a bit about Perl's history. The first version of Perl was created by Larry Wall, who released it in late 1987 as a Unix scripting language. Over the years, subsequent versions have been released, with Perl 5 appealing in 1994. Perl 6 planning began in 2000 and its first release came toward the end of 2015.

    Perl 5 is still in use today but it exists alongside Perl 6, which isn't a successor so much as a splinter group. As Perl.org puts it, Perl 6 is "not intended as a replacement for Perl 5, but as its own thing."

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