Related link: http://history.perl.org/PerlTimeline.html
According to the Perl timeline, Perl 5 was released on this date eight years ago. That’s eons, in software years. Back then, there was no CPAN (yet) and many of the good programming practices now taken for granted (strictures, warnings, lexical scoping, references) were shiny, new, and unexplored.
Eight years after its replacement, I still occasionally run across Perl 4 code. Yikes. Eight years after Perl 6 comes out, I’ll still probably run into Perl 5 code. Maybe it’ll seem like Perl 4 does now. I think 5.8.0 (and 5.10) will prove to age much better, though.
Happy 8th, Perl 5. Here’s to many good years ahead.