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February 28, 2007 06:26
Re: Future Perl development
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On 2/28/07, Andy Lester <> wrote:
> On Feb 28, 2007, at 1:51 AM, Richard Foley wrote:
> >> I think Perl needs some "PR" to make companies aware of Perls
> >> cabilities
> >> and future development...
> >>
> > Yes, Yes, Yes.
> It sure does, and that's my job in TPF, and I'm sorely lacking in the
> tuits.  Who would like to help out?

Is this really a task that a bunch of hackers are cut out to do?
Personally I doubt it. I know you do the best you can, but it seems to
me that the volunteer programmer thing doesn't mix too well with
commerical type activities like marketing and PR. I mean how many
people would expect a skilled marketer to be able to cut decent code?
Yet we expect a skilled programmer to be able to decent marketing and

This seems like something that should be handled by the donations to
TPF (or some similar organization) by hiring a professional to do it
right.  Isnt this exactly why we have a donation fund? So that we can
pay to get the stuff that we arent good at done properly by a

I mean look at most other large successful volunteer organizations,
they hire people to do their fundraising and things that are outside
of their core competency. You dont see doctors from the Heart
Foundation doing their marketing, they hire professionals to do it

Please dont take this as a disrespect to you, I know you do your
damndest for Perl and the community. But I'm assuming that since you
are a good programmer you probably never studied advertising,
marketing, press relations or fund raising. And what we need is
somebody who did.

If i knew that there was a fund earmarked for professional perl
advocacy I'd donate, tax-deductable or not.


perl -Mre=debug -e "/just|another|perl|hacker/"

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