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05 October 2009, 10:21

Perl 5.11 released

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Perl logo The Perl community has released version 5.11 of its open source script language. This version is a Development Release intended to help developers test the compatibility of their software for the planned enhancements for version 5.12. These changes include for example, the function caller() which provides information about a caller within a called function, anonymous packages and named function arguments (parameter proposals).

Perl developer Jesse Vincent is calling on the community to give the Development Release some rigorous testing and report any flaws via the perlbug tool. You can also use perlthanks to express your appreciation to the Perl developers.

Over the next few months, the following sub-releases are planned for the 20th of each month: version 5.11.1 is expected on October 20, followed by 5.11.2 on November 20, 5.11.3 on December 20, and 5.11.4 on January 20, 2010. Unlike past releases, a different release manager will be responsible for each release, Vincent says "to help ensure that we don't burn out our best diplomats and brightest coders".

The source code for Perl 5.11 is available to download from the CPAN Archive and is available under the Artistic licence or under the GPL.


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