Rivaling its infamous vaporware comrade Duke Nukem Forever, Perl 6 has been announced by Perl creator Larry Wall to be out “by Christmas” for over 10 years. If you still had doubts about the existence of Santa Claus, this should put the nail in the coffin.
Anyway, I’ve been writing a lot of Perl (5.10) scripts lately. A big part of the process of programming is reading through tutorials and forums when you get stuck.
From doing just that, it appears that the release of Perl 6 is near.
I think that its feature list is exciting, in that it makes Perl a safer (but still very powerful) language, simplifies basic OOP, lazy evaluation, etc. It’s great to see language designers agree from day 1 to abandon backwards compatibility, and re-design the language based on the extensive experience of the Perl community.