What is Python's answer to Perl 6?

Josiah Carlson jcarlson at uci.edu
Sat Oct 30 16:46:47 CEST 2004


Reinhold Birkenfeld <reinhold-birkenfeld-nospam at wolke7.net> wrote:
> 
> Hello,
> 
> another Perl/Python question: the subject says it all.
> 
> Perl is going to change dramatically to become a more powerful and
> easier to (read|write) language.
> 
> Is Python taking a similar step (-> Python 3) some time in the near future?

I'd say Python 2.2, 2.3 and 2.4 are all answers to Perl 6.  Python has
gotten incrementally faster, gained a larger standard library, and added
some language features without breaking backwards compatibility in a
major way.

Python is getting better /today/.  Python is available /today/.  Perl 6
won't be available for a couple years, meanwhile, Perl 5 doesn't seem
like it has undergoing any significant changes in a few years (I don't
follow Perl 5's development, but I haven't noticed any slashdot stories
on Perl 5).

 - Josiah




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