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Re: Future Perl development

February 5, 2007 13:52
Re: Future Perl development
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On Mon, Feb 05, 2007 at 03:20:28PM -0600, Andy Lester wrote:
> On Feb 5, 2007, at 3:12 PM, Philippe Bruhat (BooK) wrote:
> >I'm sure TPF can find people with PR skills that are enthousiast about
> >Perl 6. Or can be conviced that Perl 6 is worth spreading the word  
> >about.
> I'm enthusiastic about Perl 6.  I'm the PR guy for TPF.  My problem  
> is that I have nothing to tell people about Perl 6 that is  
> interesting to them.

Maybe it's time to start telling them about what work is happening, what
people are doing, what's been changing lately and so on.

> All I can tell them now is "Work is happening."  I can show shiny  
> deliverables of Parrot, for example, but the general Perl population  
> isn't interested in Parrot.  Pugs is doing amazing work, but it's not  
> Perl 6.

What does that mean? How is Pugs not Perl 6?  Perl 6 is defined by the
synopses as anything that passes the test suite.

> People never ask me "Tell me what work is being done on Parrot and  
> Perl 6."  They say "When will Perl 6 be out?"  That is a question  
> that continues to be unanswerable.

It seems to me like part of the PR role is to manage expectations and
explain WHY Perl 6 isn't out now and why we don't promise a release date
for something that's largely a volunteer effort that we want to get
right.  If the only public relations question you feel you need to
answer is "when is it going to be out?" then I'm really not
understanding what PR is supposed to be.

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