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1.6: What is Perl 6?

At The Second O'Reilly Open Source Software Convention, Larry Wall
announced Perl 6 development would begin in earnest. Perl 6 was an oft
used term for Chip Salzenberg's project to rewrite Perl in C++ named
Topaz. However, Topaz provided valuable insights to the next version of
Perl and its implementation, but was ultimately abandoned.

If you want to learn more about Perl 6, or have a desire to help in the
crusade to make Perl a better place then read the Perl 6 developers page
at and get involved.

Perl 6 is not scheduled for release yet, and Perl 5 will still be
supported for quite awhile after its release. Do not wait for Perl 6 to
do whatever you need to do.

"We're really serious about reinventing everything that needs
reinventing." --Larry Wall


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