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Parrot contribution

Melvin Smith
July 12, 2002 10:12
Parrot contribution
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I've seen several comments go across with valid concerns,
and a few that perplex me.

Guys, look at the facts. We have a very small number of
internals hackers here, and only one who actually gets
paid for it. Most of us have jobs and families, and we slip in this stuff
in little slices in hopes that little by little we are gaining ground. This is
nothing new to people like Larry, but I think many other people take it for
granted. We are not an army.

If you have concerns about Parrot's pace (as do I), quality, or design, then
grab a bat and step up.

I can tell you from past open source projects, things do not happen
unless you:

1) Offer specifics, numbers, helpful snippets
2) Offer patches (cliche, but still best bet)
3) Take a personal interest in an area and try to learn it and improve it

Simon Glover is a good example. He has countless doc/test/comment
patches in because he follows the pace, and pitches in when he sees
a small problem. I can't ever think of a time I've heard him gripe. But, since
he is a regular contributor, if he did gripe, I'd listen politely.

Here are two final suggestions...

-Subscribe to the cvs-parrot list; you might get a clue of how thin we
are spread and who is responsible for what. You also get to read patches
as they go in, and comment on them.

-Visit the IRC channel from time to time. There is more going on than what
goes across the list.

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