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Re: Re: Perl 6 Microgrants. Now accepting proposals.
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I am very interested in this.  I've done a little bit of work like this in the past, for projects like Java::Swing which is a thin Inline::Java facade for coding swing UI front ends in what appears to be pure Perl.

But, your plan is more intense.  In particular it is more intense than $500.  So, are there others that would work with me?


> Tim Bunce <> wrote: 
> On Wed, Mar 21, 2007 at 11:04:29PM -0400, Jesse Vincent wrote:
> > I'm pleased to announce the inaugural Perl 6 Microgrants program.  
> > Best Practical Solutions (my company) has donated USD5,000 to The  
> > Perl Foundation to help support Perl 6 Development.  Leon Brocard,  
> > representing The Perl Foundation's grants committee, will work with  
> > me to select proposals and evaluate project success.  We'll be making  
> > USD500 grants to worthy Perl 6 related efforts. We're hoping to fund  
> > a range of Perl 6-related projects over the life of the grant  
> > program.  Accepted grants might be for coding, documentation, testing  
> > or even writing articles about Perl 6. The program isn't tied to any  
> > one implementation of Perl 6 -- We're interested in seeing proposals  
> > related to Pugs, Perl 6 on Parrot, Perl 6 on Perl 5 or any other Perl  
> > 6 implementation.  Generally, we're interested in seeing projects  
> > that can be completed in 4-6 calendar weeks.
> > 
> > Submitting a grant proposal
> > ---------------------------
> > 
> > To submit a grant proposal, please email us at perl6- 
> > with the following information:
> > 
> > * A two to three paragraph summary of the work you intend to do
> > * A quick bio - Who are you? Is there opensource work you've done  
> > that we should have a look at?
> > * A brief description of what "success" will mean for your project -  
> > How will we know you're done?
> > * Where (if anywhere) you've discussed your project in the past
> > * Where you'll be blogging about your progress. (Twice-weekly blog  
> > posts are a requirement for getting your grant money)
> > 
> > We'll be accepting proposals on a rolling schedule. We expect to pay  
> > out these first 10 grants over the course of the summer. Depending on  
> > how things go, we'll then either find more money for more grant  
> > programs or we'll wind up the program and move on to other endeavors.
> > 
> > We're really excited to get rolling. Submit your proposals early and  
> > often. Don't let somebody else beat you to the punch ;)
> I'd like to suggest an idea for *someone else* to submit a proposal for:
> As part of the work on DBI2 I want to create a Perl API that closely
> matches the JDBC API.
> I need a tool that can parse the java .h files that that define the JDBC API,
> e.g.,
> and generate roughly equivalent Perl 6 (roles etc).
> Some knowledge of Java would be helpful to get a reasonable initial
> mapping of concepts from Java to Perl, but that's bound to evolve over
> time - hence the need for a tool to do, and redo, the translation.
> [ I'd probably then use the tool to also generate implementation code
>   that bridges the Perl6 JDBC with the Perl5 JDBC module on CPAN.
>   That would give Perl6 a working JDBC API.
>   (The next step might be to parse the Java code of the JDBC test suite
>   and translate that to Perl6...)
> ]
> There are two parts to this: a Java parser (good enough for at least the
> JDBC .h files), and a Perl6 code (role) generator. They could be combined,
> but I'd like the Java parser to be reusable by others.
> Here's a related idea: write a tool that reads BNF grammar, such as
> and writes a parser in Perl 6 for that grammar.
> Anyone interested in those ideas?
> Tim.
> p.s. The .h files for JDBC can be found here
> p.p.s. The funding for these could come from the DBI Development fund
> (which hasn't been used for anything yet) and so not impact the donation
> from Best Practical Solutions.

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