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Aristotle Pagaltzis
October 28, 2012 08:02
Re: What happened to the whole "small core" idea?
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* Kent Fredric <> [2012-10-28 14:45]:
> But with regard to sub signatures, there's no one implementation that
> seems to attract more favour than any other, and they all seem equally
> sporadic in use.

You don’t think there’s a catch 22 there?

The situation is that all signature implementations on CPAN implement
the same basics but different, sometimes conflicting sets of advanced
features. I expect that overall consensus will emerge on CPAN regarding
these more advanced features, blocking the implicit consensus on the
basics forever.

However, I am now considering whether there isn’t a way to force the
issue somewhat along the lines of ribasushi’s objects, by having the
core provide hooks to some particular way of doing things, and putting
up one particular implementation of the basic signature syntax on CPAN
which provides hooks that advanced features can be added on top of, then
getting buy-in from the maintainers of two or more existing signature
modules to port their stuff onto this core.

The net effect won’t be much different from the course in which Peter
is already heading.

But it’ll address ribasushi’s concerns while also forcing the larger
community’s hand on a consensus that will otherwise likely never arrive.
The latter is why I have been so bullish in arguing Peter’s case:
because the People’s Front of Formal Parameters argument with the Formal
Parameter People’s Front has kept derailing the essential agreement.

Aristotle Pagaltzis // <>

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