Maintaining a Programming Language is a Full-Time Job
In a post to the Perl 5 Porters mailing list, Nicholas Clark (maintainer of the stable version of Perl 5.8) talks about how he feels as if he is running hard to stand still. There are a lot of good changes going into the development version of Perl (what will be 5.10), but making sure that those changes are suitable for the stable version -- as well as keeping new core dual-lived modules up to date.
No one maintains Perl full-time and very few people hack on Perl as paid contributors. Is this the case for other languages?
(It's unfortunate that there's so little publicity about the new features and day-to-day development of Perl. LWN.net does a great job of describing Linux kernel development every week. I sometimes wonder if a regular developer-level overview of new features, bugfixes, and such would be valuable. If so, I can probably devote resources to it. The same goes for other languages we cover on ONLamp.com....)
|I'd love to see something like this for Ruby (and would be willing to contribute some time/effort to making it happen).|
I didn't see this particular writeup until Nicholas Clark referenced it. Yes. Extract the new features from the Perl 5 summeries. I want to know that my Foo::Bar $baz works now, and that all of that.