Perl6 seems like an elaborate practical joke. Compared to Perl5 many things are literally backwards for no apparent reason (pop @array is now @array.pop because, it's backwards! yay). Since array elements are scalars you logically use $array[n
] in Perl5, but Perl6 does away with all that: @array[n
The English-like ease and logic of Perl5 is gone, replaced by more abstract concepts expressed in bizarre constructs and... UNICODE. If these kinds of radical changes were attempted for the languages we speak the joke's hostile intent would be much more apparent (let's create illiterates). It has been clear from the beginning that Perl6 is a reaction to Perl5 by people who hate Perl5 and want something else. So haters are writing the new language and this includes Larry who refers to the ways of Perl5 as "Warts"!
Too bad all that work didn't go towards improving Perl5 to meet and beat all the challengers it has been beaten to hell by in the past 20 years.