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Re: nms - As Recommended By Matt Wright

by drewbie (Chaplain)
on May 21, 2002 at 15:24 UTC ( #168157=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to nms - As Recommended By Matt Wright

First, congrats on getting recognition from Matt. And thanks for providing a secure alternative to MSA scripts.

Here's my question: If Matt agrees that, basically, his scripts suck and acknowledges that the nms versions are better, more secure, etc, then why not take all his scripts down and say "Don't use these anywmore. Go see nms and use them instead"?

Matt says himself they are old, unmaintained, insecure, and generally crufty. So doesn't he stand to benefit in reputation if he points people to GOOD versions? And Dave has done a good job of keeping the API's compatible, so IMHO it wouldn't be hard for end users to switch.


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Re: Re: nms - As Recommended By Matt Wright
by davorg (Chancellor) on May 21, 2002 at 15:38 UTC

    On his site, Matt says:

    My interests and activies have moved on, however, and I just have not found the time to update all of my scripts. One of the major reasons for this is that they work for many people. For this reason, I will continue to provide them to the public, but am also pleased to make you aware of well-coded alternatives. (my emphasis)

    Also, let's not forget that Matt makes money out of the script archive.

    --
    <http://www.dave.org.uk>

    "The first rule of Perl club is you do not talk about Perl club."
    -- Chip Salzenberg

      Ah yes... I had not thought about the money aspect. In delving deeper, there doesn't appear to be a lot of ads on his site so I wonder how much money he is making. In fact, the only ad I saw was the banner for his host on the front page. How

      As for "they work for many people", I still say that he would better serve these people if he pointed them first to the more secure, actively maintained versions.

      Time passes... And after a few minutes of surfing his site, I see that he does indeed have a link to the nms version for any relevant scripts. So all I could ask for now if more prominent placement of said links. But hey, I shouldn't complain right? At least he is giving people the option is they read the text. :-)

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