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Re: Future Perl development

Mark Overmeer
February 6, 2007 04:48
Re: Future Perl development
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* Andy Armstrong ( [070206 12:22]:
> On 6 Feb 2007, at 12:08, Mark Overmeer wrote:
> >The best way to get a large project under control, is by breaking it
> >up in a sufficient number of steps, each setting a realistic higher
> >target.
> *If* we could solve the PR problem ("Perl is dead! They can't ship  
> the new version!") then Perl 6 development could continue in relative  
> peace.
> We need to explain that Perl 5 (5.10, 5.12 etc) is Perl and that it's  
> actively developed and pretty healthy. Perl 6 is an extremely  
> exciting research project.
> Is that not the truth? Should that message not give the wider world  
> confidence in Perl? Does that not create the precondition for harmony  
> in Perl world?

You do not need to explain your release plans if you follow the
usual procedures.  To explain things, you have to get in touch with
the community, which may have no time or is not interested in

For instance, Apache and mySQL follow the principle that the first
releases on a higher major number are beta's and not for production.
How many companies are actually running Apache2 in production, after
so many years since the first release!

So, in stead of setting our own rules "6.0.0 is perfect" and explaining
that to everyone as reason for the long delay, we could simply say "6.0
is incomplete" without explanation and have the official Perl6 distributed
tomorrow.  That would be beneficial PR.

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