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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • "...if I had it all?" sings Dave Matthews in a song. As the economists say, we live in a world of limited resources. Individuals are limited by many factors in life with time being chief amongst them. There is nothing limiting anyone with a family from working on open source day and night, assuming they spend no time with their families. To me, however, ingy is simply stating the fact that people without families have much more disposable time to burn than those with families.

    That, however, doesn't mean that people with families make better or worse open source contributors. It just means they need to work differently, and ideally, more efficiently. That's where the other methods come in. Share big ideas rather than hording them in your own personal TODOs. Can you work on 20 different projects if you have 15 hours you can spend on open source? Keep the projects you love. Jettison the rest. Provide help and guidance when you can. Bring more programmers into Perl or whatever project you enjoy. Rather than buying the newest system to run vim on, maybe you could contribute cash to purchase new or used computer, more bandwidth, or pizza for those who could use it more on your project.

    Learning whether to "fish or cut bait" is a skill that takes time and experience. This journal simply helps to provide some guidelines for using these skills in the open source world. It makes no judgements about the abilities people with or without families bring to the table. Managing expectations for yourself is almost more important than for managing the expectaions of others.