Let it never be said that I am a good release manager.
Padre-Plugin-Swarm-0.091 is making it's way to cpan. Much of the groundwork for some real collaborative editing in now in place, albeit buggy.
Upon enabling the plugin - padre users are able to chat with other padre users in a small panel at the bottom of the editor. In addition to the standard padre Directory/Project file tree in the left panel - swarm adds a resources view allowing other swarmers to see what files you have open and if they choose - open a copy of those.
The 'Run document in other Editor' feature has been disabled temporarily - despite all the disclaimers I believe that feature to be just too evil for use until swarm can distinguish between global and local swarm messages - on the assumption that someone on your local network will be less inclined to do evil things to your editor if the victim is able to walk across the office / domicile and slap the offender soundly across the head.
Much thanks go to Peter Lavender (waxhead) the present Padre release-manager for the most recent live test of the swarm global network transport, and for his kind and encouraging words.
Swarm is now at a stage where the network layer can be abstracted away enough to allow me to get on with the more interesting features detailed in the original swarm charter - namely editor collaboration.
It is my hope that some of the padre developers can be drawn into this vortex and "Surrender to the Swarm!"