Perl e-commerce?

Nicholas Clark nick at
Thu Sep 15 14:49:16 BST 2011

On Thu, Sep 15, 2011 at 02:03:14PM +0100, Peter Corlett wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 08:14:03PM +0100, Simon Wilcox wrote:

> > PHP solved the problem of making web-based applications easy to install.
> > Something that all the 'big brains' of Perl still haven't solved. Ease of
> > installation leads to ease of adoption. Hence why PHP has hammered Perl
> > into the ground for web apps.
> That's because said 'big brains' don't have an incentive to optimise the
> language towards solving that particular problem. Want them to have an
> incentive? The Perl Foundation awaits your large donation!

I'm not sure that that's actually going to work. TPF does quite well at
spending donations when it has a good idea who to pay (ie who would be
competent for the task, and is available to do it).

Historically, as an outside observer, it's looked to me like it's not
very good at identifying how to spend a targeted donation if it
doesn't already have an idea *who*. Instead, it politely and patiently
waits for the right "who" to contact it.

So, [obvious plug] donating to the Core Perl 5 Maintenance fund *works*,
because Dave and I (and possibly others) are keen to earn money from it

[Donate here:
 Evil page "source" prevents me from even finding out if there's a way to
 anchor to the "Perl 5 Core" section, which is below the fold]

details here:

Whereas a hypothetical "solve the easy to install fund" is likely to sit
there, looking pretty, but not actually solving anything, unless there's
also a suitable victim lurking, ready to pounce with a proposal that needs

Nicholas Clark

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