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Response to another post: I've "forked" the Perl2 source here: https://github.com/bobbyjim/perl2

PURPOSE/REASON. I'm shy about this question because mainly this is -Ofun, and therefore not necessarily practical, but these are the thoughts tip-toeing through my mind:

Because It's Perl -- But It's Not (BIP-BIN). Wikipedia says that Perl is a family of "two" languages. But really one could argue, perhaps perversely, that there are three languages accounted for... if you include Early Perl. Regardless of its perversity, I feel that resuscitating a Small Perl could be fun and even useful for me. I could potentially Dockerize it, using them for a strange kind of microservice (an interesting and amusing exercise since it seems that Perl2 doesn't really have sockets). (I note that "no sockets" means it won't do CGI). Even a source code renovation could be fun, instructive, and even useful. Some of the Perl2 code is just not needed; how much? I don't know. I want to find out. I want to try it.

My Edification. Every year I go through phases in programming. I'm currently in the "bytecode interpreters are interesting" phase, and (re-)learning about them. Perl2 is a great case study in an interpreted language that's not-as-big-as-Perl5.

Because It's Small. I like minimal-but-effective things, and Perl2 qualifies. I do think about Docker images and microcontrollers and circuitPerl and the need for tiny binaries. But mainly it's small enough to wrap my brain around it.


In reply to Re^4: perl 2.01 on Cygwin by rje
in thread perl 2.01 on Cygwin by rje

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