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Perl should stay Perl.


  Maintainer: Simon Cozens <simon@brecon.co.uk>
  Date: 4 Aug 2000
  Mailing List: perl6-language@perl.org
  Number: 28
  Version: 1
  Status: Developing


We've got a golden opportunity here to turn Perl into whatever on earth we like. Let's not take it.


Perl 6 is our opportunity to give Perl a good spring clean. When you're spring cleaning a house, you throw out the trash and dust down the ornaments, but you don't burn it down and build a shopping mall instead.

I think it's reasonably fair to assume that we're all primarily working on Perl 6 because we like Perl and we want to make it better, not because language design is a fun thing to do of an evening. If that's the case, nobody wins if we bend the Perl language out of all recognition, because it won't be Perl any more. So let's not do this. Let's keep Perl recognisably the language we know and love; let's enhance it, by all means, but let's not turn it into something it isn't.

Specifically, we need to watch out for the following ``attractive nuisances''.


Just don't go raving mad, OK?