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Craig A. Berry
January 19, 2002 11:39
Re: My VMS:: Modules need a new maintainer
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At 11:07 AM -0500 1/19/02, Dan Sugalski wrote:
>As folks have undoubtedly noticed, I've done nothing to speak of 
>with my VMS:: modules, and they need a bit of babying to get them to 
>build with the latest versions of perl.

Just the namespace pollution stuff, right?  I.e., "na" --> "Perl_na"?

>Unfortunately I've been DownSized(tm), joining the ranks of the 
>unemployed, and at the moment lack access to any sort of VMS machine 
>at all. (Something I need to change to make sure Perl 6 works 
>properly on VMS, but that's a separate issue)

Schwern was able to get quite a bit done with one of the Compaq test 
drive accounts, so keep that in mind, and the the free (for 
non-commercial use) VAX emulator at is 
available again.  Rescuing old alphas off eBay can be fun but 
time-consuming since you often have to hunt for supported 
replacements for things like graphics and scsi controllers.

>So, would anyone like to take them over? There's generally not much 
>to do with them, and writing XS code is fun. (No, really, it is! :)

Well, what the heck.  I guess it's about time I learned how to check 
things into CPAN.  Send me the details.  (But this doesn't get the 
rest of you off the hook for sending in bug reports and patches).

>This would, (nudge, nudge) be a good time to throw a couple of bucks 
>into the perl foundation pot at

Hmm.  Looks like the fund drive is going ok but is only about 1/3 of 
the way to its goal.  I will twist my credit card and see if I can 
wring a few drops out of it.  For those unfamiliar with volunteer 
fund-raising, a large number of small contributors is just as good as 
(and in some ways better than) a small number of large contributors. 
If everyone who uses Perl regularly chips in an amount ranging from 
what you'd spend on a Perl book to what you'd spend for a day at a 
trade show, Perl will just get that much better that much sooner. 
And I'd like to point out that this may be the only time the Perl 
Foundation gives us the opportunity to fund a VMS guru to develop the 
next generation of Perl.
Craig A. Berry          

"Literary critics usually know what they're
talking about. Even if they're wrong."
	-- Perl creator Larry Wall

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