Today I contributed to Scott Walters’ Kickstarter project. You may have read Scott’s own blog posts on the topic. Executive precis: for $10,000, Scott will complete work on the latest version of WebGUI, a world-class CMS written in Perl.
I’ll freely admit that I didn’t contribute that much, mainly on account of me not being rich. As I’m fond of pointing out here, I’m just a regular Joe working-class programmer. But, at the same time, Perl has been very good to me throughout the years, and I’m not averse to giving a little back when I can. And, as it happens, right now I can.
Now, I know that many of you readers out there have a healthy skepticism when you think you’re being sold something. Trust me: I do as well. Now, I personally think it would be a fairly uncharitable characterization to view scrottie’s proposed project, as an attempt to get us viewers to pay his bills for him while he contributes to an open-source project, which is something that many of us already do for free ... but I’m sure some out there have already characterized it thus. As is their right. I personally think there’s more going on here, and, while I won’t be able to change the minds of the most cynical among you, I’m going to try anyway. I’m a glutton for punishment like that.