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[REBOL] Re: parrot

From: gjones05:mail:orion at: 4-Apr-2001 17:41

From: <[ryan--christiansen--intellisol--com]>
> Anyone have a clue as to what this new Parrot language might look like as > far as syntax goes? It's going to be the next generation of Perl and
> together as one language, from what I understand. Python has much cleaner > syntax than Perl from what I've seen. I also read something about people > have been demanding the colon ":" in the syntax, I'm assuming in the same > way REBOL uses the colon ":" > > What do you think? Is it heading for REBOL territory in terms of syntax?
I just read another Larry Wall paper this morning (linked through It sounds as though he is just beginning to get serious about fleshing out a vision with the RFC's that he has collected. He basically said that he doesn't know exactly what Perl 6 will look like. He alluded to having an underlying engine that could have several languages written for it. Sort of reminded me of the target engine for ECMAScript variants, and also the .NET initiative. Your piece of information fills in a gap for me. No one doubts Perl's power, but Perl's syntax is for the syntax masochist (meaning, I'm too stupid to be able to learn it). Python is definitely a step up, but I personally been infinitely more productive in REBOL than I was with Python. Yeah, I guess everyone prefers to have a colon!!! (Double Entendre Alert, in case it wasn't obvious. ;-) FYI Links: Parrot interview (includes a few code snippets): Apocalypse 1 Paper (RFC Synthesis for Perl): Respectfully, --Scott Jones