• About: Using Perl since 2001.
  • Commented on Crowdsourcing self-confidence
    Peter, I am a user of DBIx::Class, no developer. And although I have to struggle sometimes to get my head around it's complexities, I understand how important this module is for my work and for many others as well. Meanwhile...
  • Commented on Perl case studies
    "Would you like to see such a series, and do you think it would be good for Perl?" Very much so! "What organisations could be included?" Well, any that uses Perl, or what? Any commercial and non-commercial company. "What other...
Subscribe to feed Recent Actions from Ekki

  • xdg commented on Crowdsourcing self-confidence

    Peter, whether it's volunteer or not doesn't matter. Either you're in charge or your not.

    It sounds like you are. So, fix the management parts of the project in the way that you want. That's what being BDFL means.

    Rule #1: Peter is always right

    Rule #2: When Peter is wrong, see rule #1

    Whether you get *paid* for your work is separate. That's between you and the funders. Can you articulate a compelling vision? Can you demonstrate your ability to manage the project to delivery on goals?

    The stronger a BDFL you are, I think the more compelling the c…

  • Ron Savage commented on Crowdsourcing self-confidence

    Reply to Chris, who said:


    This reminds me of an old and blunt saying:
    To win the high jump you hire someone who can jump 7 feet, you don't hire a team of people who can each jump 1 foot.

    Reply to Peter:

    Seems like you're agonizing over how to be firm re other peoples' code, or over how hard to be when being firm.

    Well, given the huge amount of support I read here, I'd say:

    • Be very firm (but not dictatorial of course).
    • Have the nerve to cancel co…

  • JT Smith commented on Crowdsourcing self-confidence

    I have no idea what Plack for DB would look like, but the fact that you do makes you amazing. And I already knew you were amazing. That means you're doubly amazing.

    All that said, do what's best for you. Do what you want to do.

  • billcrawford1970 commented on Crowdsourcing self-confidence

    Please continue to be the "architect". If you feel the need to "back off" from being the main contributor of actual code, I'm sure you could become more of a Linus ... but the "unique vision" part of it is quite important; it shapes how everything fits together.

  • commented on Crowdsourcing self-confidence

    Hi Peter,

    I'm neither contributor nor user of DBIx::Class, but as an attentive observer, I always wondered how such a big and complex piece of software could evolve in a consistent way under the collective hands of many people with possibly different visions. This development model has the richness of the bazaar, but if you want to reach the steeple of the cathedral it may make it a bit more difficult. So, as I understand, one of the points of your post is that you would like to preserve collective energy, but you feel alone in taking the hard decisions (and also doing the hard work)…

Subscribe to feed Responses to Comments from Ekki

About is a common blogging platform for the Perl community. Written in Perl and offering the modern features you’ve come to expect in blog platforms, the site is hosted by Dave Cross and Aaron Crane, with a design donated by Six Apart, Ltd.