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Dan Sugalski
August 8, 2000 09:53
Re: Perl 6 project plan / roadmap
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At 05:23 PM 8/8/00 +1000, wrote:
>On Mon, Aug 07, 2000 at 09:05:09PM -0400, Bryan C . Warnock wrote:
> >
> >Is there a rough idea what phase you'd like non-programmer types to get
> >involved?
> >
> >(I put out a call for help at work, but most answered they weren't
> >qualified to really work inside.  Like I am!  A couple wanted to
> >volunteer to do documentation and the ilk.)
>Right now.
>Hell, I'm a non-programmer as far as the development of Perl itself is
>concerned, as I don't speak C.
>There's *lots* of things that non-programmers can contribute right now,
>as long as they're familiar with Perl itself (and maybe even if they're

There are a *huge* number of things that non-C-programmers can contribute. 
Heck, 99% of what's going on over in the language list requires absolutely 
no knowledge of C. For some of it, knowing C's a liability. Like any other 
software system, the group of people who need to write it is significantly 
smaller than the group who develop it.

Consider perl a building (like, say, a cathedral... :), and C as the 
structural bits. With a building, most of the folks involved have no idea 
how to weld or lay bricks, but that doesn't mean they're unimportant. 
Laying down the specs, designing the facade, handling the paperwork, and 
dealing with the financing are all as important to building a building as 
knowing how to lay bricks are. Likewise, writing docs, laying out specs, 
writing core modules, and doing QA work are as important to perl as writing 
C code.


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