|P is for Practical|
Re^7: -Ofun timesby Anonymous Monk
|on Apr 15, 2014 at 03:43 UTC ( #1082291=note: print w/replies, xml )||Need Help??|
No, but you don't need Anonymous monks to tell you why things have gone so wrong with Perl 6
A little bit of analysis will help. Even if one agrees Parrot was dying. JVM was perfect for nearly 95% of the programming world. You absolutely didn't have to start work on Moar VM at all. Contrary to whatever a few negligible number of users out of negligible number of total users that Perl 6 has would have told you. The world is no urgent to see Perl 6 run on Mono, Java script, HipHop VM or anything. All languages in their first cut production release run on one VM and that's perfectly acceptable. Instead we now have a situation where the spec needle hasn't moved a degree on the completion meter, whilst bulk of the effort now goes in working on Moar VM and making Rakudo working on Moar VM.
Is it really that hard to notice the problem here? You have strayed off course and put months of effort to achieve results nobody needs currently
List of things to be done should have been To make Rakudo spec complete, faster, with documentation and standard libraries. And in that order.
I know how all of this is going to play out eventually. Another year from now. Rakduo as-is now, will run on Moar VM while there will be few more new projects to port it to dozen other VM's. Because a few random lurkers on IRC will tell you how cool it is to make Rakudo run on their Toy VM's. While the focus should actually be on serious users, Who are likely to never use anything apart from JVM or Mono(Sometime in the future). Serious users who need a finished product on one VM properly, with documentation, no show stopper bugs, and standard library
And well yeah coming to the project management part. Any average PM will tell you why it is important to keep your enthusiasm in control to finish of your current goals. No matter how tempting new projects feel, or how much your hands itch to start coding for a new project. Finishing off what you've started is more important
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