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Dean

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  • About: I blog about Perl. I am now in California
  • Commented on A Perl Community Dashboard
    Initially it would just be the javascript snippet which gives details on what users are visiting. Then once it's going, we could hook in to things more to get better data. I mentioned the example of cpan downloads....
  • Commented on A Perl Community Dashboard
    Yes, if that data can be aggregated somehow then those sorts of channels would be perfect for phase 2...
  • Posted A Perl Community Dashboard to dean

    In this weeks TPF Marketing Committee meeting I made an elevator pitch for a "Perl Community Dashboard". It was well received so I have taken the action item to expound upon the idea here to gather more input. Understand this…

  • Commented on Open Letter to the Perl Foundation Board
    TPF's domain of control is limited to its official services & assets. This needs to be clarified. TPF should offer a boilerplate set of community guidelines which perl affiliated projects may elect to adopt. Beyond that, perhaps a mediation service...
  • Commented on Perl performance on Apple M1
    What I mean is to wrap up what you can in a script so its quick and easy for someone to replicate. Spitting out a result that can be compared to other results....
  • Commented on Proposal for Perl Foundation Memberships
    I deliberately kept my proposal limited in scope so as to keep it focused and minimize scope for objections based on peripheral ideas. Yes TPF funds very few activities, which i think is a problem. And whilst I agree that...
  • Commented on Perl performance on Apple M1
    Could you wrap these up in to a github (etc) repo that others could use to duplicate the benchmarks?...
  • Commented on Proposal for Perl Foundation Memberships
    I completely agree that the perl foundation should involve itself with key perl applications and frameworks. I have written about it in the past and continue to advocate for it. Some examples of perl software that are with other foundations...
  • Commented on Proposal for Perl Foundation Memberships
    Just for additional information, YAS (TPF) is a 501c3 non-profit under US tax law. The same as The Python Software Foundation, The Free Software Foundation and others. I mention those two because they both have the same 501c3 status and...
  • Posted Proposal for Perl Foundation Memberships to dean

    The current Yet Another Society (The Perl Foundation) bylaws exclude the possibility of membership (see Article II https://www.perlfoundation.org/bylaws.html). As reference, the Python Foundation has 5 membership classes with various rights…

  • Posted Reimagining perl5-porters email list for 2021 and beyond to dean

    Let's examine if in 2021 an email redistribution list, i.e. perl5-porters@ (p5p) is still the best model for collaborating on the perl language. This is a discussion so comment below!

    Advantages of an email list:

    • Familiar interface, people can use their clie…
  • Posted A blog post about blog posts to dean

    Folk's in the world of Perl have been making amazing efforts to blog more and even to produce video content. That's awesome! Keep it up!

    Risking sounding like a mandatory training video from HR, I want to remind budding authors of some high level criteria you should review before completin…

  • Commented on Development community that we can see to development of Perl Part1 - C language specification creating group
    There are a number of critical problems with the perl governance document. The most outstanding to me is the "Removal" section, where unfortunately we find a structure that facilitates arbitrary removal of people without even the hint of due process....
  • Posted Mid September Software Releases 2020 to dean

    Perl5-IDEA 2020.2.3 (Perl5 plugins for IntelliJ IDEA)

    "Profiler support and bugfixes"

    https://github.com/Camelcade/Perl5-IDEA/releases/tag/2020.2.3

    LemonLDAP-NG Apache::Sess…

  • Commented on Why I don't try the Perl Weekly Challenges
    Lot's of the tasks are interview like questions that don't happen in the real world. With two tasks each week, I think there is an opportunity to aim one of those tasks at Perl enthusiasts with less of a formal...
  • Posted Marketing & Branding Survey Results to dean

    You can see the results here.

    The following is my reflection on those results and doesn't reflect anyone else's opinions. They may not even really be my opinions.

  • Posted TPF Survey: Marketing and Branding to dean

    As announced on TPF news the Marketing committee of TPF have been running a survey "to learn your responses to the ideas about branding, naming and the perceptions of the values…

  • Commented on Perl 7 By Default
    Python also has an open, public, and formal process for change proposals. https://www.python.org/dev/peps/pep-0001/...
  • Posted LWN: On Perl 7 and the Perl Steering Committee to dean

    LWN has covered an email from Rjb's to perl5-porters

    Read on: https://lwn.net/Articles/828384/

  • Commented on Perl7 is a fork of values
    This venue seems as good as any to voice your support for the current "governance model", or your ideas for how it could be remodeled to better serve those few people and businesses still loyal to Perl. So as a...
  • Commented on Perl7 is a fork of values
    You will support reforms then I assume. Giving members of the perl community a voice? TPF membership, TPF elections etc. The current anti-model of governance has been used throughout its fade to near irrelevance. If you sat people down and...
  • Commented on Polling for fun and engagement
    Alas posts in groups can't be linked too. We are thorough at adding "tags" to posts, so click the "polls" tag from the tag cloud on the RHS and you should see them....
  • Commented on Perl7 is a fork of values
    Elections allow people to express their values by selecting their leaders. People overwhelming migrate from countries without democracies in to countries with democracies. In perl their are no elections and leaders appoint each other. The people have left perl for...
  • Commented on Perl7 is a fork of values
    Great commentary. I agree that the elation to change things in perl's core that the perl7 announcement has created will fork whats left of the community and douse the last embers of perl I share the concern about self appointed...
  • Posted Polling for fun and engagement to dean

    I've been posting some Perl related polls in Perl Programmers over the last few weeks. Despite the obvious weaknesses in the sampling method, they've provided some good insights and great talking points.

    Here's some results as …

  • Posted Perl Mentoring to dean

    In the Perl Programmers Facebook group we have kicked off a Perl Mentoring program. Already more than a dozen experienced Perl people have offered their services to anyone looking to learn more about Perl. It's very…

  • Commented on Perl 7: A Risk-Benefit Analysis
    Why not introduce a warning if 'use warnings' is enabled and there is no 'use vXXXX' Thats a soft way to encourage using a version number AND it generally wouldnt impact one liners...
  • Commented on Thinking and Question of The Proposal for Perl 7 - day1
    I think there are many positives to perl, but some of the defaults can be updated which will add to the magic....
  • Commented on Thinking and Question of The Proposal for Perl 7 - day1
    Regarding the word choice "silly". It is very mild and was chosen for that. In terms of usage. My on the ground experience running Sydney PM is that our sponsoring companies where dropping off. No new employers where appearing. People...
  • Commented on Thinking and Question of The Proposal for Perl 7 - day1
    Perl has been very kind to maintain backwards compatibility very carefully. Its users value this. However its users have declined and declined. While companies happily rewrite their software in to languages that routinely break things. From the proposal in the...
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  • brian d foy commented on Proposal for Perl Foundation Memberships

    What vital activities do you think TPF is funding? Conferences mostly raise their own money and TPF is a pass through. TPF is almost completely absent (or present in name only) for most things that keep working.

    Before you think this is going to get you money, ask around at other non-profits about how much money they have to spend to get $1. You'll probably be shocked at the inefficiencies.

    It's already pretty hard to extract money from open source communities, even for things they want and already use. Changing some bylaws isn't going to change people's incentives to donate…

  • davebaker commented on Proposal for Perl Foundation Memberships

    I agree.

    To not have memberships is to leave money on the table. Certainly Perl could do SOMETHING helpful with the money.

    Plus people want to be involved if only to that extent. Regular financial contributions (membership dues) are literally a way for people to get invested in something they support.

    The concerns described here are legitimate. But they don't outweigh the benefits.

  • spb commented on Proposal for Perl Foundation Memberships

    I agree.

    To not have memberships is to leave money on the table. Certainly Perl could do SOMETHING helpful with the money.

    Plus people want to be involved if only to that extent. Regular financial contributions (membership dues) are literally a way for people to get invested in something they support.

    The concerns described here are legitimate. But they don't outweigh the benefits.

  • spb commented on A Perl Community Dashboard

    Can you measure use of tags like 'perl' on common blogging and other techie platforms such as dev.to and Stackoverflow?

  • Salve J. Nilsen commented on Proposal for Perl Foundation Memberships

    I completely agree with Dean about not having membership (including corporate partnerships) is a wasted opportunity, and I would LOVE to see YAS' bylaws be changed to open to this revenue source.

    And to those of you who say "But TPF isn't spending that much money, so why do we need more?" – please take some time to think about issues that are NOT being handled in our communities, that the TPF could help with if they had more resources to do so.

    A proposal like this requires us to foremost focus on future opportunities that require resources to make happen.

    (And yes …

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