perlexperiment man page

perlexperiment — A listing of experimental features in Perl

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

See "PL_keyword_plugin" in perlapi for the mechanism.

Introduced in Perl 5.11.2
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.…>.
Regular Expression Set Operations
Introduced in Perl 5.18

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

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…>.
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.…>.

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.…>.

See also: "Constant Functions" in perlsub
use re 'strict';
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.…>.
The <:win32> IO pseudolayer
The ticket for this feature is [perl #119453] <https://rt.perl.org/rt3/Ticket/Display.…>.

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.…>.

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
Postfix dereference syntax
Introduced in Perl 5.20.0

Accepted in Perl 5.24.0

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 Perl 5.11.2

Removed in Perl 5.11.3
Lexical $_
Using this feature triggered warnings in the category "experimental::lexical_topic".

Introduced in Perl 5.10.0

Removed in Perl 5.24.0
Array and hash container functions accept references
Using this feature triggered warnings in the category "experimental::autoderef".

Superseded by "Postfix dereference syntax".

Introduced in Perl 5.14.0

Removed in Perl 5.24.0

See Also

For a complete list of features check feature.

Authors

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

Sebastien Aperghis-Tramoni "<saper@cpan.org>"

License

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

Info

2016-03-01 perl v5.24.0 Perl Programmers Reference Guide