Perl 6: Why? What? How?

Location: Meeting Room B1/B4
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Perl 6 will be a major improvement on Perl 5 in many ways: syntactically, semantically, pragmatically, and philosophically. This tutorial surveys the most important features of Perl 6, with examples of many of the new programming techniques those features make possible.

Topics covered include:

  • Rationalized syntax and semantics
  • Changes and additions to operators
  • New data types: Pairs, Junctions, and Captures
  • New control structures
  • The Perl 6 (optional) type system
  • Exception handling in Perl 6
  • Pattern matching and parsing in Perl 6
  • Subroutines
  • Object oriented features
  • Multiparadigm support: functional, transactional, and parallel programming in Perl 6
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Damian Conway


Damian Conway is an internationally renowned speaker, author, and trainer, and a prominent contributor to the Perl community. Currently he runs Thoughtstream, an international IT training company that provides programmer training from beginner to masterclass level throughout Europe, North America, and Australasia. Most of his spare time is spent working with Larry Wall on the design and explication of the Perl 6 programming language. He has a PhD in Computer Science and is an honorary Associate Professor in the Faculty of Information Technology at Monash University, Australia.

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Ken Youens-Clark
07/27/2009 7:18am PDT

I really enjoyed learning about the direction of Perl. I always learn something listening to Damian talk and particularly look forward to his tutorials as a reason to attend OSCON.

Justin Lolofie
07/21/2009 6:51am PDT

What we saw of the presentation was great; The problem was that the presentation became a discussion about perl 6 design. I wish people would have saved their language design comments for a mailing list.

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Robert Hoelz
07/21/2009 6:35am PDT

Damian’s talk on Perl 6 was both entertaining and encouraging. I feel it gave a good introduction to the language’s new features, and it provided a lot of motivation to help out on Rakudo.

Nicholas Velastegui
07/21/2009 6:31am PDT

Damian is the man. He owns vim.

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Timothy Ace
07/20/2009 10:01am PDT

Damian’s presentations are always a pleasure to attend. He is one of the most dynamic, engaging, and well-prepared presenters. “Perl 6: Why? What? How?” provided a great insight into the development progress of Perl 6—furthered by the live demonstrations provided for almost every new feature.

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