What I would love to see in 2011 for Perl January 1, 2011Posted by claudio in Uncategorized.
Tags: 2010, 2011, Learning Perl, Moose, Perl
Anyway, too much to mention in detail, but I’ll remember the first Rakudo Perl 6 implementation for end users (how much vaporware do have working implementations), the release of Perl 5.12 with real improvements and with a new regular release cycle, the 1.0 release of the Moose Object System and the widespread adoption in the Perl world, the fast pace of the development of the Padre IDE, the enthusiasm of Perl::Staff at FOSDEM and CEBITT, the 10.000.000th (!!!!!) test report on CPAN thanks to the CPAN Testers, perlbrew, cpanminus, the release of the book Effective Perl Programming (2nd ed.) and Modern Perl…
Would asking more qualify as hubris? I have just a small suggestion and no idea of it would be realistic from a technical or commercial point of view:
- The Perl OO system is a present from Python. It’s flexible, it works and it needs a lot of boilerplate.
Without being a copy of Perl 6, though inspired by it, Moose is a well-thought, modern and rich Object system. I am realistic enough to understand that it won’t be part of Perl core, but it would be great candidate for a double life module (included in the Perl tar and available newer versions on CPAN). When needed or wished, one can always bless variables or use other CPAN modules for creating objects, but there would be a clear default way of doing it. Batteries included, one may say :) .
- Now getting a little personal, a little request to Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix, brian d foy: Please add a simple OO chapter based on Moose to -hopefully upcoming- Learning Perl, 6th edition (this is the commercial part mentioned before).
New Perl Hackers need to know what the preferred OO framework is on Modern Perl without resorting to Google. What better entry than that great book that helped a lot of us (including me) take our first steps in the world of Perl?
You never know… now is the time for wishes.
Update: Moose core-developer Stevan Little blogs about this post and brian’s comments beneath. I don’t know if chromatic’s post about “The Minimalist Object System and Your Lousy Axioms” is directly related to this or Stevan’s aforementioned clarification on the Moose ecosystem, but it’s certainly an interesting addition to the discussion.