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Perl to Slip in Alongside Ruby and Python for Cocoa Scripting Language Development?

Sherm Pendley, creator and maintainer of CamelBones, on why Apple announced support in Leopard for writing Cocoa apps using Ruby and Python but not Perl:

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.

(By the way, if you’re looking for a freelance programmer, Pendley is looking for work.)

Monday, 7 May 2007