Perl, one of the most popular and infamous scripting languages in modern day, has seen the first official update in half a decade. The new version 5.10 of Perl continues the tradition of Perl as-is but adds a few features intended to make development easier, such as more robust commands and improvements to regular expression.

This update comes seven years after Perl 6 was announced, and to date Perl 6 is still “in development”. In a world where most hardware and software moves faster than most can keep up with, it is interesting to see a project and programming language remain so strong and so popular with relatively few overhauls. Then again, if it works you shouldn't fix it.