Perl Improvements

I’m very pleased to see that Nicholas Clark has been given a grant for improving things in Perl. The stuff is useful and should bring big benefits to all Perl users.

The one thing that really catches my eye is “making Perl relocatable”. This is a large annoyance for us at work, where we have multiple Perl installations that are ever-rooted in the same directory. Because they live in directories that are versioned after their projects, it requires that when we perform a new release of our software, we have to rebuild Perl, and all its dependencies. This is irritating, although thanks to Moore’s Law, not too bad these days. But a relocatable Perl will make this a lot simpler.