PerlNET? (was: Re: New language discussion?)

Max Kanat-Alexander mkanat at
Wed Nov 7 22:01:30 UTC 2007

On Wed, 07 Nov 2007 13:20:37 +0100 "Andrés G. Aragoneses"
<knocte at> wrote:
> Thinking about this answer from Jean-Marc, I'm just wondering... why
> not switching whole Bugzilla to PerlNet in order to allow full
> CLR-interoperability, and then start accepting components/libraries
> from other languages (and/or migrating parts from PerlNET to other
> language, if interesting). I guess that a migration to a new version
> of a language would be much less time-consuming than a whole re-write.
> Is PerlNET mature? Does it have an official release date? Will it
> overlap with Perl v.6?
> Excuse my ignorance about Perl please. Just my 2c.

	I'm pretty sure PerlNET is not mature, and that we'd have all
sorts of troubles with it, but I think your suggestion is an excellent
one from a technical standpoint otherwise. Not that we're going to do
it, just that it is indeed a good solution to what would be a difficult

	Perl 6 should actually be implementable as a native mono
language, though Larry Wall says it will be tricky. PerlNET for Perl 5
is actually just running the Perl interpreter with some Perl modules
that allow bindings back into .NET.

	The other option is to use Facebook's Thrift. I know that some
people were thinking of writing Perl bindings for it, which would allow
us to use it for a slow transition.

	If you're really interested in this re-write thing, I'd be
happy to help you with it in terms of advice, but not currently in
terms of development.

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