Happy Birthday, Perl 5!

by chromatic

Related link: http://history.perl.org/PerlTimeline.html

According to the Perl timeline, Perl 5 was released on this date eight years ago. That's eons, in software years. Back then, there was no CPAN (yet) and many of the good programming practices now taken for granted (strictures, warnings, lexical scoping, references) were shiny, new, and unexplored.

Eight years after its replacement, I still occasionally run across Perl 4 code. Yikes. Eight years after Perl 6 comes out, I'll still probably run into Perl 5 code. Maybe it'll seem like Perl 4 does now. I think 5.8.0 (and 5.10) will prove to age much better, though.

Happy 8th, Perl 5. Here's to many good years ahead.


2002-11-18 10:00:27
5 Years huh...happy B-Day
Go PERL 5! My website (Shawnster.net) uses perl and so I hope it is around and improving untill the day I die and even longer.
2002-11-22 10:19:36
Let it be
I am doing programming for more than 10 years now, Perl is the best tool I ever used in my whole computer life, and I think I will use it all my life.

Happy Birthday and long successful life!

2002-12-04 03:22:52
Happy Birthday, Perl
Thank you, Larry, for taking the time to create such a great language. I have been using Perl daily for over 7 years, and I'm still amazed at how much can be accomplished with so little effort.

"It's not how hard you work, it's how much you get done"