It's true that pmdev isn't nearly as active as it should, perhaps, be. Unfornatly, it's a very daunting thing. The code is large, hard to get an overview of, and very sparsely documented. There's dead code all over the place, and it's rarely marked. In general, the state of teh perlmonks code is horrendious, and I'd love to be able to start over with a recent everything. Unfornatly, we just don't have that luxuary.
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