[Israel.pm] Informal poll: Why are you (or your company) still using an older version of Perl?

Amir E. Aharoni amir.aharoni at mail.huji.ac.il
Tue Oct 27 07:31:50 PDT 2009

A friend of mine is a ClearCase expert. He uses the perl that comes
with ClearCase and they upgrade whenever they want. That's one reason.
That's a possible kind of a technical constraint, but in a way it's
false laziness.

I have an answer to an opposite question: Why don't *i* use perl
*earlier* than 5.10? Because it has features that save me so much
work, that i prefer to invest some time in upgrading and not to keep
dabbling with the older style. It's enough to mention named capture
and smart match. I don't know why some people think differently.

> On Tue, Oct 27, 2009 at 16:21, Gabor Szabo <szabgab at gmail.com> wrote:
>> I'd like to understand the reasons why companies do NOT upgrade perl versions
>> but I don't know what could be the possible answers. I have a few but
>> I'd like to have a
>> few more if you have.
>> 1) Something might break in our Perl code
>> 2) We use the same Operating system we used 10 years ago and the perl
>> that came with it
>> 3) We have XS code that we could not compile with the newer versions of perl
>> 4) We actually tried but it breaks some of our Perl code
>> 5) It does not give us any advantage
>> What are the reasons at your company or what other reasons have you
>> heard  from others?

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