Gentlemen, a call to arms!

Matt S Trout dbix-class at
Thu Oct 12 01:31:44 BST 2006

chromatic wrote:
> On Wednesday 11 October 2006 12:53, Peter Corlett wrote:
>> On 11 Oct 2006, at 20:34, Matt S Trout wrote:
>> [...]
>>> "We have been considering Perl as one of the platforms to be
>>> admitted to the contest. So far, we have decided against it because
>>> we believe that too few professionals use it professionally for us
>>> to hope to get enough requests for admittance for the Perl platform.
>> I'm sure that having Zend ("The php Company") as their sole sponsor,
>> indeed a "top" sponsor, has had absolutely *no* bearing on the
>> decision to exclude Perl.
> Hey, they believed it was possible to use PHP 4 "professionally".

And we believed Test::MockObject was stable. Then

	- T::MO::E should die when called with an unhandleable method (Paul the

blew away the test suites for a number of critical modules without warning. 
I've wasted hours explaining to users "no, one of ours dependencies decided to 
change their behaviour on a point release, the code is fine but we need to 
update the test suite to work around the incompatibility"

The Catalyst and DBIx::Class projects will both sacrifice "the right thing" 
for "not breaking working and deployed code" where required, because we care 
about people using this stuff in production.

It would be nice if one day this could be relied upon for the rest of CPAN, or 
at least modules released by those CPAN authors who're experienced enough to 
know better.

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