Perl 5.14 Released

Perl 5.14 was released on May 11. chromatic is celebrating with a “free ebook giveaway” of his book Modern Perl. (OK, that’s a joke because the book is already free.)

More seriously, however, chromatic in an earlier post rages against Linux vendors who are still including Perl 5.8.8 as the system Perl installation. This holds back the development of CPAN modules, which must maintain backwards compatibility with Perl 5.8.8 and thus cannot take advantage of new functionality that has appeared in Perl 5.10, 5.12, and now 5.14.

Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard) is almost as bad; it comes with Perl 5.10.0, which was released in December, 2007. That means OS X is delivered with a Perl version that is now more than three years old.

[Updated 15-May-2011]

The release prompted a discussion on Slashdot, which, as always, brought out the trolls who claim that no one uses Perl anymore.


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One Response to Perl 5.14 Released

  1. Paulo says:

    Probably, distro maintainers and Apple are waiting for Perl 6. I heard is just around the corner, in the summer. Like PAUP.

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