[sf-perl] Maybe "Perl5" is just like "OS X"

Joseph Brenner doom at kzsu.stanford.edu
Fri Feb 8 10:31:50 PST 2013

Jeffrey Ryan Thalhammer <jeff at imaginative-software.com> wrote:
> If you haven't already, do check out the discussion on Perl version numbers at http://blogs.perl.org.  Here's an additional thought...
> Mac OS was (and still is) in the same situation as Perl.  [...]
> Instead, the sequence is expressed as $felines, which are much more exciting to talk about than numbers like "16.2".

The cat names still don't mean anything to people on the outside (like
myself) and arguably that's what the whole issue is about, talking to
outsiders (and convincing the insiders that they need to think about
talking to outsiders... good luck there, eh?).

I'm a fan of the "Perl <YYYY>" idea, though it could be that "Perl
2013" isn't the most auspicious year to try it out.

The central trouble with the "Perl 7" idea is that few people want to
thumb their nose at Perl 6 for (arguably) stalling out, and yet many
people would like some way to express that the original Perl is still
moving forward.

It could be that your idea of using separate schemes internally and
externally is a good
idea for bringing along the guys who are hostile to any thoughts of marketing.

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