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Clutching at its Perl 6, developer community ponders language name with less baggage

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Re: doesn't matter who hates it...

Perl and Javascript have that in common -- they're both expressive languages in which it's possible to write very clearly structured code, but they get a lot of hate because they don't *force* you to.

Perl in particular was designed for a wide variety of use cases, with a big one being short, simple programs for data transformation. When you're writing a one-liner you don't want a lot of syntactic sugar in the way. There *are* language constructs that were clearly a bad idea (the default argument comes to mind), but they're not mandatory.

As for the name...Perl++? ;)

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