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Re: Future Perl development

February 28, 2007 02:13
Re: Future Perl development
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On 2/28/07, Richard Foley <> wrote:
> On Wednesday 28 February 2007 08:38,
> wrote:
> >
> > I think Perl needs some "PR" to make companies aware of Perls cabilities
> > and future development...
> >
> Yes, Yes, Yes.

I think there is room for a Perl professional services company in
Europe with some responsibility overlap with TPF.

I think an issue that maybe isnt so obvious to the North American part
of our community is that in Europe there is a vast amount of money and
the companies that go alone with them in a very small space so
something like this probably is more viable here than there. (The EU
has a slightly larger percentage of world GDP than the US in about
half the amount of space with more than twice the population density.)

Just thinking in terms of political, financial and industrial centers
you have London, Paris, Amsterdam, Brussels, Frankfurt, Munich all
within a 5 hour train ride of each other, most of them much closer.
Add in Milan, Madrid and Lisbon and you have considerable
opportunities within reasonable traveling distance.

The real question is where to get the money to start and how to
establish the relationship between the current volunteer
infrastructure and the newly established firm. Ideally the firm would
be a services company with high level access into the development
process. (Something like AS was back in the day when GSAR worked for
AS but was also pumpking)

I have a friend who is currently in the process of establishing
something like a cross between AS and TPF for a different opensource
project. The project has some natural advantages including a
benevolent-dictator who is both very familiar with the corporate world
and also independently wealthy from previous commerical development so
there are obviously some gaps between the two projects, but ive found
it very interesting to watch their progress and contrast it with Perl
and TPF. What they will be selling is "officially sanctioned support
services",  something that is very important to the corporate and
especially financial world. They will also be doing training and
certification processes but these make less sense to a programming
language than to an application framework like they are working on.

Id very much like to see something along these lines for perl. But i
guess the core is that we are in general a bunch of programmers. We
need funding and business expertise to make something like this work.
And where that is going to come from is a really tough question. Any
multi-millionaires with business/sales experience reading this list
want to step up to the plate?


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