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Manual Reference Pages  -  PERLEXPERIMENT (1)

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NAME

perlexperiment - A listing of experimental features in Perl

CONTENTS

DESCRIPTION

This document lists the current and past experimental features in the perl core. Although all of these are documented with their appropriate topics, this succinct listing gives you an overview and basic facts about their status.

So far we’ve merely tried to find and list the experimental features and infer their inception, versions, etc. There’s a lot of speculation here.

    Current experiments

our can now have an experimental optional attribute unique Introduced in Perl 5.8.0

Deprecated in Perl 5.10.0

The ticket for this feature is [perl #119313] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=119313>.

Smart match (~~) Introduced in Perl 5.10.0

Modified in Perl 5.10.1, 5.12.0

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::smartmatch.

The ticket for this feature is [perl #119317] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=119317>.

Lexical $_ Introduced in Perl 5.10.0

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::lexical_topic.

The ticket for this feature is [perl #119315] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=119315>.

Pluggable keywords The ticket for this feature is [perl #119455] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=119455>.

See PL_keyword_plugin in perlapi for the mechanism.

Introduced in: Perl 5.11.2

Array and hash container functions accept references Introduced in Perl 5.14.0

The ticket for this feature is [perl #119437] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=119437>.

Lexical subroutines Introduced in: Perl 5.18

See also: Lexical Subroutines in perlsub

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::lexical_subs.

The ticket for this feature is [perl #120085] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=120085>.

Regular Expression Set Operations Introduced in: Perl 5.18

The ticket for this feature is [perl #119451] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=119451>.

See also: Extended Bracketed Character Classes in perlrecharclass

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::regex_sets.

Subroutine signatures Introduced in Perl 5.20.0

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::signatures.

The ticket for this feature is [perl #121481] <https://rt.perl.org/Ticket/Display.html?id=121481>.

Postfix dereference syntax Introduced in Perl 5.20.0

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::postderef.

The ticket for this feature is [perl #120162] <https://rt.perl.org:443/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=120162>.

Aliasing via reference Introduced in Perl 5.22.0

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::refaliasing.

The ticket for this feature is [perl #122947] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=122947>.

See also: Assigning to References in perlref

The ‘‘const’’ attribute Introduced in Perl 5.22.0

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::const_attr.

The ticket for this feature is [perl #123630] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=123630>.

See also: Constant Functions in perlsub

use restrict’; Introduced in Perl 5.22.0

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::re_strict.

See ’strict’ mode in re

String- and number-specific bitwise operators Introduced in: Perl 5.22.0

See also: Bitwise String Operators in perlop

Using this feature triggers warnings in the category experimental::bitwise.

The ticket for this feature is [perl #123707] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=123707>.

The <:win32> IO pseudolayer The ticket for this feature is [perl #119453] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=119453>.

See also perlrun

There is an installhtml target in the Makefile. The ticket for this feature is [perl #116487] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.html?id=116487>.
Unicode in Perl on EBCDIC

    Accepted features

These features were so wildly successful and played so well with others that we decided to remove their experimental status and admit them as full, stable features in the world of Perl, lavishing all the benefits and luxuries thereof. They are also awarded +5 Stability and +3 Charisma.
64-bit support Introduced in Perl 5.005
die accepts a reference Introduced in Perl 5.005
DB module Introduced in Perl 5.6.0

See also perldebug, perldebtut

Weak references Introduced in Perl 5.6.0
Internal file glob Introduced in Perl 5.6.0
fork() emulation Introduced in Perl 5.6.1

See also perlfork

-Dusemultiplicity -Duseithreads Introduced in Perl 5.6.0

Accepted in Perl 5.8.0

Support for long doubles Introduced in Perl 5.6.0

Accepted in Perl 5.8.1

The \N regex character class The \N character class, not to be confused with the named character sequence \N{NAME}, denotes any non-newline character in a regular expression.

Introduced in Perl 5.12

Exact version of acceptance unclear, but no later than Perl 5.18.

(?{code}) and (??{ code }) Introduced in Perl 5.6.0

Accepted in Perl 5.20.0

See also perlre

Linux abstract Unix domain sockets Introduced in Perl 5.9.2

Accepted before Perl 5.20.0. The Socket library is now primarily maintained on CPAN, rather than in the perl core.

See also Socket

Lvalue subroutines Introduced in Perl 5.6.0

Accepted in Perl 5.20.0

See also perlsub

Backtracking control verbs (*ACCEPT)

Introduced in: Perl 5.10

Accepted in Perl 5.20.0

The <:pop> IO pseudolayer See also perlrun

Accepted in Perl 5.20.0

\s in regexp matches vertical tab Accepted in Perl 5.22.0

    Removed features

These features are no longer considered experimental and their functionality has disappeared. It’s your own fault if you wrote production programs using these features after we explicitly told you not to (see perlpolicy).
5.005-style threading Introduced in Perl 5.005

Removed in Perl 5.10

perlcc Introduced in Perl 5.005

Moved from Perl 5.9.0 to CPAN

The pseudo-hash data type Introduced in Perl 5.6.0

Removed in Perl 5.9.0

GetOpt::Long Options can now take multiple values at once (experimental) Getopt::Long upgraded to version 2.35

Removed in Perl 5.8.8

Assertions The -A command line switch

Introduced in Perl 5.9.0

Removed in Perl 5.9.5

Test::Harness::Straps Moved from Perl 5.10.1 to CPAN
legacy The experimental legacy pragma was swallowed by the feature pragma.

Introduced in: 5.11.2

Removed in: 5.11.3

SEE ALSO

For a complete list of features check feature.

AUTHORS

brian d foy <brian.d.foy@gmail.com>

Se\k:'Aperghis-Tramoni <saper@cpan.org>

COPYRIGHT

Copyright 2010, brian d foy <brian.d.foy@gmail.com>

LICENSE

You can use and redistribute this document under the same terms as Perl itself.
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