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Re: Future Perl development

Nicholas Clark
February 27, 2007 14:01
Re: Future Perl development
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On Tue, Feb 27, 2007 at 01:11:03PM -0800, Marvin Humphrey wrote:
> On Feb 27, 2007, at 12:32 PM, Nicholas Clark wrote:
> > But I'm aware from a friend that at financial
> >institutions, the financial risk or losses from not having some  
> >software
> >running (in his area because it's not yet written) can be around  
> >$1,000,000
> >per day. The stakes are high.
> That's why Yahoo employs Rasmus Lerdorf (of PHP fame).
> I talked with Lerdorf at last year's OSCON, and he said that Yahoo  
> aggressively seeks to hire the developers of key open software  
> tools.  According to him, if you want to sell Yahoo software services  
> and you have an open source competitor, you're screwed -- because  
> they'd much rather go with the open source solution and hire the  
> principle devs.
> Maybe y'all ought to break Perl once.  Then all of a sudden, some  

Yes, it does work too damn well. I suspect that's part of the "problem"
as to why no-one's volunteering to fix it.

> company will lose a million bucks and realize how insane it is that  
> they didn't keep a core Perl programmer on staff as an insurance policy.

eg Yahoo!

What's curious here is that Yahoo! use Perl a lot in the backend.
Yet I'm unaware of anyone on this list who works for them. I know a couple
of ex-Yahoo! people in London who visible CPAN authors (and one now has had
a module assimilated into core)

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