The Perl and Raku Conference 2023 in Toronto
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Thursday, July 13 • 2:00pm - 2:50pm
The Perl 7 Retrospective: the Promise, the Fight, the Loss

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In 2020, I announced we’d begin work on Perl 7, the new phase of the Perl programming language.
Some liked it; some didn’t. Arguments ensued, people quit, friendships crumbled, new governance emerged, and the project was shelved.
In this talk, I cover what happened - maybe with a joke or two.

Instead of rehashing arguments and ranting, I want to dig, honestly and sincerely, into the intentions behind Perl 7, how I tried to make it work, the mistakes I’ve made, and the responsibility I think many of us share for this disaster. I’ll share my uninformed opinion of Perl’s future and the challenges the language will have to deal with.

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Sawyer X

Software Engineer

Thursday July 13, 2023 2:00pm - 2:50pm EDT
Track 2