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Perl 6 Design Philosophy

Conference: OSCON
Location: Portland, Oregon
Slides: PDF

Description: If you want to understand the choices language designers make, you have to understand what’s behind the choices. What makes one feature more desirable than another? What makes it Perlish? What makes it DWIM? How on earth does Larry decide? No, it’s not a cosmic game of pin the tail on the donkey. Come take a guided tour through the rocks and rapids of language design. Leave with a better understanding of Larry, the changes in Perl 6, and the fundamental nature of Perl itself.

Note: 15 minutes of cognitive calisthenics are the recommended warmup exercise for this talk. Feel that mental stretch!