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David Grove
April 2, 2000 14:55
RE: 5.6.0 ready for prime-time?
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> > My greatest hope for it is that it be a catalyst for more
> > corporate entities to embrace Perl
> That is absolutely hideous.  What about "corporate entities" makes you
> desire their embrace?  I'd prefer they stayed at arms length.  Pass the
> cash through bullet-proof glass, that sort of thing.

No no no.

I'm not talking about corporate interference or selling out like [...] is
trying to do with perl. I just mean that, since I began actively advocating
Perl in 95, one of the most common corporate responses is "Where's the
buttons?" This is reflected in the ubiquitous newbie question "How do I run
a program?" or "Where's the Editor?". This has been a stumbling block for
Perl in the Win32 community.

By providing the IDE interface, the buttons to push, the place to type, the
help in a Win32-normal help system, and a standard port of Win32 perl, I'm
hoping to make it more attactive to people in charge. If the people in
charge see perl as a complete system rather than as an "old, worn out unix
method" (quoting my previous supervisor, whose job I now hold), then
exhausted programmers can go home to their families at 5pm rather than
staying until midnight every night trying to do perl's job in visual basic
or c and fighting with the microsoft support systems.

Old marketing surveys from 96-97 showed that companies were moving from
Novell and Unix to NT because they thought they had no choice. Since that
time, that choice has been a painful and expensive one. If we can't
straighten out microsoft for them, we can at least give them high quality

Advocacy is a good thing, right?

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