Perl 5.34.0 – one step closer to Perl 7?

Earlier today Perl 5.34.0 was released ( perldelta ).

Perl 5.34.0 represents approximately 11 months of development since Perl 5.32.0 and contains approximately 280,000 lines of changes across 2,100 files from 78 authors.

This marks the latest and maybe last release in the Perl 5 series that started way back in 1994 according to wikipedia. Next up should be Perl 7 ( perl7faq ) and that is about time as many assume that Perl is stale due to no major releases in 27 years (!). And no, the Perl 6 / Raku confusion did not help at all and was in my eyes a terribly bad move that did much more damage to the image and brand than it did good.

In case you haven’t figured it out by now, I like perl and have done so since 1995 and I’m not giving up on it.

Added content

This is a great and quick overview of what has been added in perl the last couple of releases: