The TPF has a way to receive funds but AFAIK it is hardly advertised. Besides, something that is always on throughout the year is not really a drive. Looking at the current status of this fund drive it seems that the Perl Development drive has just 10,000 USD.
So I'd like to first ask the people in TPF to provide an explanation what are those funds used for so we - the Perl community - can have a better understanding.
Then, I'd like to see a real fund drive similar to what Wikipedia does. It does not have to target 6,000,000 USD. TPF can target 100.000 USD or as a first round can even target 40,000 USD just to cover the costs of quarterly grants for 2009.
I would even volunteer to contact all the site maintainers personally and ask them to promote the fund drive.
If Alberto does not not have the time for it I can even create the list of achievements.
So can this be organized or are we too afraid of not getting enough funds?
Every time I had to privately chat with one or more TPF officers.
Why is there no public mailing list of TPF with all of its officers subscribed where outsiders like me could start discussing possible projects (e.g. fund drive) and where everyone could see the issues that need to be resolved for such project to take off?
Why not provide a forum to people who would want to get involved some of the work you are doing?
Oh I think I have déjà vu I just don't have time to dig out my earlier posts about this.
Anyway, further ranting here
And the hard part with this is that I know at least some of the people in TPF personally and I think very highly of their work. At least the part I see outside of TPF. So why do I feel the urge to criticize them or TPF?
The only answer I can give them is not care about that but to prepare for installing things.
Not only that the list of core modules is changing from version to version of perl releases but it also depends on the downstream distribution they use.
On many systems perldoc is in a separate package and does not come with the main perl package.
I just found out that Red Hat also separates CPAN.pm into its own package so their standard perl does not even include CPAN.pm
Lately I have been thinking that maybe the biggest issue of Perl is that it is not friendly enough to beginners. Especially Windows users. So I try to Make it friendlier to beginners, especially those using Windows.
That means for me, creating an IDE that will have
I am sure some others will think that this is a good investment in the future of Perl. You are welcome to join us.
Others will think this is a total waste of time but something else is needed.
What do you do to undie Perl?
or from CPAN:
cpan> install Padre
Full list of Changes
Padre mailing list, irc information, bug and issue tracking on the Padre site as usual.
There is also a new version of Portable Strawberry Perl with Padre.
Look at the Changes file.
You can already fetch it from CPAN by typing
cpan> install Padre
If something does not work well, look at the download page or ask us on IRC for help.
I'd like to go deeper and broader.
By broader I mean I'd like to have more translations. Actually there is a Chinese, a Spanish and a Dutch on the way. I just need to get the translators sign up on our web site so I can give them commit access.
One of our objectives is to make Perl more accessible to beginners. This means to eliminate the need to know English well. For that I'd like to have more translated versions of our GUI.
So if you think you'd like to help the beginners in your local language a bit, please consider translating the GUI of Padre.
By deeper I meant that I also would like to have translated versions of the Perl call-tips (simple description of the perl keywords) and one for the errors and warnings perl gives along with the localized version of diagnostics.
We plan to make this work independent from Padre so it can be reused by other tools as well.
So again, if you'd like to help this effort talk to us on our mailing list or on IRC #padre.
The above might sound like a lot of work but with our weekly release you can do a little at a time and see the improvement. That will bring in more people to help you.
In addition I'd like to know what is the single biggest thing you are missing from Perl on Windows?
Probably it would be better to just implement the things I need and then let others send either requests for further features or implement those by themselves but I use this opportunity to learn a bit more about vi. Maybe one day I become a power user of vi.
So after I implemented some of the most important features that I needed, now I am using the vi-mode of Padre to add some more keystrokes.
I started to go over the manual and I am already in chapter 3!
Out of about 100...
Right as your read this Padre 0.18 is getting to a CPAN near you.
For the inpatient you can use pip to install it:
Details for installation on the download page
See the Changes file.
There is a plug-in in the work to provide Emacs support.
Enjoy and report any problems.