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

Gabor Szabo szabgab at gmail.com
Sat Oct 31 01:29:42 PDT 2009

On Fri, Oct 30, 2009 at 4:49 PM, guy keren <choo at actcom.co.il> wrote:
> i have a different question: why do you care?

That's a good question too but your comment regarding
selling courses was quite nasty.
But hey, it was true.

I want to help keeping Perl viable in the future so I can sell more courses.

Or am I not supposed to to that as an open source developer?

If companies stay at old versions of perl for a long time they will start
complaining that they have an old version of perl that lack all kinds of things.
They complain the code is unmaintainable and that they cannot upgrade
as the gap is to big. In many companies the "solution" is to rewrite the
applications in some other language.

It also creates a pressure on the CPAN developers and on the perl porters
to keep perl fully backward compatible all the way to 5.0 and beyond.
See, up to a few months ago Michael Schwern was working too hard to keep
Makemaker work on the 5.0x line just to satisfy those who don't want to
upgrade perl. On the perl 5 porters list - the maintainer and
developers of perl -
there is a constant tension between the people who want to remove syntax
that was deprecated 10-15 years ago(!) and between those who fear that it
might create bad reaction among the perl users.

There is a price for companies that are not upgrading perl. Maybe the
problem is
that currently a large chunk of that prices is paid by the open source
and those who would like to have more modern perl.


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