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From the Frontiers of Research to the Heart of the Enterprise
O'Reilly Open Source Convention
Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina
July 22-26, 2002 -- San Diego, CA



Perl 5.8 At Last
Jarkko Hietaniemi
Hugo van der Sanden

Track: Perl
Date: Wednesday, July 24
Time: 1:45pm - 2:30pm
Location: Grande Ballroom A

For the past two years Perl 5.8 has been one of the worst hidden skunkworks ever. Conceived approximately at the same time as the much publicized Perl 6 project, 5.8 (clandestinely disguised as 5.7) has made major enhancements to the Unicode functionality, sprouted a new user-visible threads implementation, silently assimilated several dozen modules, and created some completely new ones. Other new features and enhancements include a new stackable IO architecture, more accurate numbers and arithmetics, restricted hashes, and safe signals. Perl 5.8 is also the most thoroughly tested Perl release ever.

Come to hear what's new, what's changed, and what's gone.

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