After seeing the poll about new featurs in Perl 6 and the number of people who did not want to think about it (lalalala, I can't hear you). I began thinking.

Perl 6 seems to be a very radical change. Apart from the 'compatability layer' that allows you to run Perl 5.x code, one could argue that it is an entirely new langauge. Do we need a new language? What is so wrong with Perl 5.x that we need Perl 6? When Perl 6 comes out, how many will move to it? How many will avoid it until the last possible minute?

Neil Watson