I'd give up Perl tomorrow if only...

David LeBlanc whisper at oz.net
Sat Jun 22 00:29:08 CEST 2002

> -----Original Message-----
> From: python-list-admin at python.org
> [mailto:python-list-admin at python.org]On Behalf Of Derek Thomson
> Sent: Friday, June 21, 2002 2:51
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> Subject: Re: I'd give up Perl tomorrow if only...
> David Mitchell wrote:
> > .. there was something equivalent in scope and breadth to CPAN.
> I (almost) agree, and sympathise :)
> >
> > Is ANYONE working on this, or thinking about working on it, or knows
> > someone who's thinking about working on it, or dreaming about
> it, or ...?
> Among other things, it's one of the reasons I'm tinkering with a Perl ORB.
> http://sourceforge.net/projects/perlorb
> If you use a Python ORB, such a Fnorb,
> [http://sourceforge.net/projects/fnorb], on the Python side, you should
> be able to write wrappers for your favourite Perl module pretty easily
> and use them from Python.
> Yes, it's stop-gap, but when you already have a non-trivial Perl module,
> either on CPAN or in-house, it can save a lot of rewriting. What we
> *really* need to do is dynamically create CORBA interfaces for Perl
> modules, but that might be impossible given that Perl is like Python in
> that module and class interfaces aren't pre-declared :(

Even better: a Perl to Python converter :>

> Anyway, feel free to email me if you want to try this approach and you
> need guidance.
> As for Parrot, maybe someone will port Python to it one day, and then we
> would have something like Jython, but for Perl!

I've heard that there is a trial implementation of Python on Parrot already.
Don't know where it is though.

> Regards,
> Derek.

It's too bad that ActiveState is keeping PPN more or less proprietary. There
has been some other work done towards a standard for describing archived
packages though.

Dave LeBlanc
Seattle, WA USA

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