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Monday May 25, 2009
11:05 AM

We're not blocking on money

[ #39030 ]

Five months ago today TPF announced that had donated it $50,000 "to aid in the further development and maintenance of the Perl programming language in general, and Perl 5.10 in particular." still has €25,000 to spend on "advancements of Perl". Combined, that's $85,000 of money waiting to be usefully spent. If things aren't happening in the Perl world, it's not through lack of money.

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  • <smartass>Last I checked, 25,000 + 50,000 came to 75,000</smartass> ;-)

    I suspect the problem is somewhat in having people to give it to who can do stuff that the community views as worthwhile AND that they wouldn't be able to (either at all or only on a much longer timescale) without it. For some - maybe many - folks who already have a full time job (which I suspect is the majority) that's kinda hard. I know full well the times I've been putting in full on-site days on projects, doing anything o

    • 25 000 Euros = 35 030 U.S. dollars (according to Google)

      Which 35000 (there's a commission right?) + 50000 = 85000.

    • Maybe I'm off base, maybe not.

      I think your assessment is pretty reasonable. Certainly, it ties up with what I'm thinking, and why I'm fairly sure that "we" (well, they-who-have-this-money) can't "simply" offer to pay someone to "do stuff that needs doing" on Perl 5 - because nearly everyone obvious who already "does stuff" has a job, and isn't in a position where they can free up time if given money.

      Whilst anyone who does not (yet) "do stuff" would need training and mentoring (to some degree) by someone who

      • That's why I think it is best to spend that money not on programming but on infrastructure: conferences, hosting (for Perl Mongers for example), graphic design for important Perl projects, etc.