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Steffen Schwigon
November 27, 2010 13:55
Re: [PATCH] deprecate ?PATTERN?
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Nicholas Clark <> writes:
> My comments here are really about who is paying.
> I'd argue that the external projects are expecting a lot for free.
> Sure, it lowers *their* total cost if the volunteers maintaining the
> core language never deprecate *anything*, but they are externalising
> costs, because they don't contribute to helping bare the cost of
> this.
> (There is next to zero flow of volunteers from CPAN projects into
> perl core maintenance. Because Perl 5 basically "just works")

CPAN maintainers _are_ investing effort in keeping their libs along
Perl's development, else the cpantesters matrixes would always get
continuously more red.

For participating in perl, the compiler, the barrier is huge(*). And
nobody in p5p in turn does want to physically get paid, how the “Gabor
Thread” showed.

I feel the weariness coming out of this statement for p5p's effort,
but the people on the software stack on top of the compiler are also
hard-working and on their limits. Both are part of the same ecosystem
which only as a whole makes Perl.

Kind regards,

(*) and participation wouldn't yet help avoiding deprecations
Steffen Schwigon <>
Dresden Perl Mongers <>

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