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Re: Perl version of Python Enhancement Proposals [PEP]

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Andy Dougherty
July 24, 2000 10:47
Re: Perl version of Python Enhancement Proposals [PEP]
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On Mon, 24 Jul 2000, Mark-Jason Dominus wrote:

> Iam somewhat frustrated by the way this went.  There was a problem
> with p5p, and Sarathy set up a referee system to deal with it.  That
> was less than three months ago.  To all appearances, the referee
> system has been working fine.  

I am happy to hear that, but I think that's only half of the story.

Independent of people's manners, there is the issue of the sheer volume of
p5p.  The perl5 pumpkin holder (in principle) ought to keep track of
everything. In practice, I know I relied a lot on the judgment of certain
others, but the delegation was very loose and informal, and it was
ultimately my responsibility to see that nothing fell between the cracks,
so I still had to try to read everything.  I know I couldn't keep up with
it all, and p5p was smaller then.  The job is just too big.

I fear a hypothetical p6p would be even bigger, since one of Larry's goals
is to have the community involved in the rewrite.  (By contrast, much of
perl5 was designed and initially written by Larry long before p5p

Making the division of labor more explicit and reliable may well allow
more people to take on significant (but not overwhelming) leadership roles
and may also make the job of Perl6 pumpkin holder something a mere human
can do without going insane.

Separate mailing lists and focused working groups are one obvious way to
try to make the division of labor more explicit and reliable.  Perhaps
there are other ways too and I just lack sufficient imagination to suggest
them right now.

A formerly burnt-out pumpkin holder,

    Andy Dougherty
    Dept. of Physics
    Lafayette College, Easton PA 18042

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