They asked around internally for “sponsor” engineers to accept the
job of reviewing a scripting bridge for code quality, running
compatibility tests, etc. They found volunteers for Python and
Ruby early on — but not for Perl.
The good news is, there’s a volunteer for Perl now too, and the
pushed-back release date for Leopard has bought us a little
breathing room. So there’s still a chance for Perl to be a first
class citizen. The bad news is, we arrived late to the party and
there’s a lot of catching up to do.