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Ken Fox
July 20, 2000 09:25
Re: Working Group Proposal
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Joshua N Pritikin wrote:
>   Perl5 => Intermediate Representation (C or C++ or Obj-C) => Perl6

Oooh... Then all the academics would *have* to take Perl seriously.
I mean that's *conclusive proof* that Perl6 is a research project... ;)

> Chip's Topaz idea was to use C++ instead of C.

Which was (and still is) a good decision for all the many reasons
Chip has talked about.

> Maybe C++ is still too low-level.

rotfl. 1000 pages of specs and it's still too low-level? (But
perhaps in this age of a decoded human genome I shouldn't confuse
low-level with smaller and simpler?)

I think one of the problems with C++ is that it's too high-level for
implementing some critical features like dynamic module loading. There's
just too much freedom in implementing a C++ compiler (yes, bondage
and discipline only applies to the followers, not the high priests.)

> I propose that perl6 be written exclusively in perl5.

The scheme48 project had a very good experience writing the core
in a reduced dialect of scheme. This reduced dialect could be "easily"
translated to a machine representation (they used C). I would support
a similar implementation of perl6. (The reduced perl could be the
ultra-portable microperl.)

- Ken

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