[Chicago-talk] Standing on the edge of the pool

Sean Blanton, Ph.D. sean at blanton.com
Thu Apr 9 12:01:14 PDT 2009

Guilty as well.
I have a module well used at one site and generally applicable to others.
It's a Perl wrapper/API for the CA Harvest/SCM version control tool and
because I haven't put it on CPAN, I am not able to ease the pain of quite a
number of Perl programmers around the world suffering to automate that
product (that bothers me).

The reason I haven't put it on CPAN are:

* I didn't think it was good enough (OK, I'm over that)
* I had grandiose plans to expand it to other tools (over that also)
* Docs need spiffing up.
* I don't have step-by-step instructions in front of me to get it into CPAN
- I'm sure that is easy to find.

I have a PAUSE account (I'm pretty sure). It looks like I don't have too
much of an excuse!

Sean Blanton, Ph.D.

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On Tue, Apr 7, 2009 at 10:49 AM, Dan Rench
<drench+chipm at gmail.com<drench%2Bchipm at gmail.com>
> wrote:

> I think this mostly describes me, though I'm more like sitting on the
> edge with one foot in [1]. I've got a PAUSE account that I intend to
> use someday. Contributing a new module to the CPAN isn't necessarily
> scary to me, and it's not like I haven't written many, many modules
> over the years. It's just that I think most of what I consider my most
> useful and interesting Perl code has been either for a job, and
> unfortunately not "mine" to share and/or too specific to a job to have
> any general use (an interface to the internals of z00m$h at re.c0m's
> photo albums written under the influence of mjd's HOP and Ruby,
> anyone?)
> To look at this from another angle, I've seen how not being "in the
> pool" (at least slightly) can mean not just missing out on "fun" but
> missing out, period. I had been away from perlmonks for several years
> [2] but came back recently, and have been reading, voting, and writing
> the occasional answer. And if I hadn't, I probably wouldn't have found
> out, to give one example, that calling UNIVERSAL::isa() is now
> considered bad form.
> PS: Andy, I thought you'd try to work in a Cheap Trick reference, but
> then "Standing on the Edge" is nobody's favorite CT LP.
> [1] I've made some minor OSS contributions that people actually use:
> one patch (with 2 new features) accepted into Apache (plus a couple
> others rejected/ignored), the spidermonkey (Mozilla javascript engine)
> port for FreeBSD, and I "maintain" (read: haven't touched in years) an
> insane Javascript version of Blowfish that I've never had a practical
> use for in my own projects, but it has a small user base that I hear
> from every once in a while (and usually cannot help).
> [2] I think I'm not the only one.
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