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Re: Future Perl development

Nicholas Clark
February 7, 2007 15:41
Re: Future Perl development
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On Wed, Feb 07, 2007 at 03:32:44PM -0800, Jan Dubois wrote:

> This is probably the main reason some big enterprise users stick with
> Perl 5.6.1.  I've seen several companies approach ActiveState, desperate
> to get help in moving to 5.8 while maintaining their application
> performance.  Unfortunately there is not much you can do to help them
> beyond the "avoid using Unicode strings, and downgrade every time a
> module returns stuff in Unicode" advice.

It is a shame that it is not possible to harness the intent and desires
of these companies and turn it into cold hard funding for development
work sufficient to deliver what they need. Particularly as your description
makes it sound like the cost would be pooled.

It's very frustrating to me that (it seems) that lots of firms make (or save)
lots of time and money using Perl, but that never gets translated back into
development effort. Perl seems to be a one way flow, from us to them.
They rarely even say thank-you.

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