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Telling Users What They Want is Stupid Never Works

by chromatic (Archbishop)
on Jan 19, 2012 at 20:15 UTC ( #948844=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re^6: Hockey Sticks
in thread Hockey Sticks

Is it any wonder that Perl 6 is more starved for fresh volunteers and enthusiasts than can be reasonably explained by fatigue?

I see—it's my fault that Rakudo Star's gone nowhere usable for at least a year. That's the obvious explanation, and not that Rakudo went off the rails when it's continually failed to improve its bus number, reimplemented large portions of Parrot badly, forked into a dead branch from which Star releases slowly petered out (hey, even compiler releases slipped and skipped), and went into yet another rewrite mode which is still suffering from scope creep? Somehow I get the blame for saying back in December 2010 "Hey, this proposed rewrite has some huge risks and I'm afraid it'll take at least twice as long as you estimate?", when everyone else said "That's crazy, why are you so mean, it's fast and easy and we won't make any mistakes this time!"

My posts right here are the problem?

The most charitable one word response I can muster is nonsense.

This #perl6 persecution complex is bizarre. Every major Perl 6 implementation has had severe project management problems; blaming skeptics for not jumping up and down at the message "Yay, a single number measurement with no meaning behind it has increased, Christmas is coming!" after eleven and a half years of promises yet to be fulfilled is ... well, I don't see it working.

If you want to fix the Perl 6 marketing message, release usable software, and don't lie to people that it's useful and usable (if you pull from HEAD at the right time and can work around regressions and don't mind reading source code and not documentation and are willing to update from HEAD—wait, it was renamed nom a while back—and hang out on IRC all day and...).


Comment on Telling Users What They Want is Stupid Never Works
Re: Telling Users What They Want is Stupid Never Works
by raiph (Friar) on Jan 20, 2012 at 08:47 UTC
    Rakudo went off the rails when it's continually failed to improve its bus number
    Rakudo hasn't gone off the rails. pmichaud was lead dev, and he is of course intermittently dropping out of the picture due to his wife's illness. That sucks. In the last 12 months there has been loads of work by jnthn, moritz, tadzik, japhb, and colomon, and many others.
    reimplemented large portions of Parrot badly
    Whiteknight, current Parrot lead dev: "6model is far superior to what Parrot provides now".
    forked into a dead branch from which Star releases slowly petered out (hey, even compiler releases slipped and skipped)
    They missed 1 monthly compiler release last year and chose to defer an update to Rakudo Star till the new branch was stable. A new Star is due out in a few weeks.
    and went into yet another rewrite mode which is still suffering from scope creep?
    Rewriting isn't an end in itself. There's an overall objective. Ship a sufficiently complete, bug-free, fast, documented, product as fast as possible. If it helps towards that, it isn't scope creep.
    "Hey, this proposed rewrite has some huge risks..."
    To have NOT done the rewrite involved the ultimate risk: relying on Parrot to fix technical and project problems that the Rakudo team considered life-and-death for Rakudo. The Rakudo team is glad it did 6model, qregex, etc. even if merging it all has taken a long time, because it was ultimately necessary to give Rakudo a shot at reasonable performance.
    Every major Perl 6 implementation has had severe project management problems
    It's taken 12 years so far. It clearly didn't go smoothly. But ignoring Parrot, and other than the usual problems that beset even reasonably well run OSS projects, like a low bus number, what are the problems you are talking about?
    blaming skeptics for not jumping up and down at the message "Yay, a single number measurement with no meaning behind it has increased, Christmas is coming!"
    You may think there's no meaning behind numbers except that which is mathematical, and maybe you had to be there during the weeks that ran up to it, but I wasn't the only one who felt that 100.02% was magical, and I was sharing a celebration, my first Meditation in 3 years. If you don't feel like sharing in the good vibe, that's fine, but you could still choose not to pour cold water over it.
    If you want to fix the Perl 6 marketing message, release usable software
    Imo we're nowhere near the point that we can fix the Perl 6 marketing message as it relates to non-contributors. It's almost universally ridiculed, just like Mozilla was the year before Firefox was released. Imo it's worth trying to fix the message as it relates to potential contributors, so we can get the bus number up. Perl 6.0.0 will ship before Christmas but it could do with help if that's to be this Christmas (or, perhaps more realistically, Christmas 2013; maybe even later -- really, it's very hard to predict).
      Rakudo hasn't gone off the rails.

      Read the front page of Rakudo.org. That August 2011 nom distribution release still hasn't happened. The Star release you mention has been a few weeks away since July.

      A project which cannot (or will not) release working software has indeed gone off the rails.

        I'm trying to combat my own scope creep, namely responding to your scope creep, but I'm going to do this one more time...

        Read the front page of Rakudo.org. That August 2011 nom distribution release still hasn't happened. The Star release you mention has been a few weeks away since July.
        Quoting from that front page: "I donít want to specify an exact date for the next release; certainly it will occur within the next three weeks." The next monthly Rakudo compiler release (they don't refer to these as "distributions") happened exactly 3 weeks later. It was based on the new object model, as they had hoped.

        The original plan was for Star releases (they refer to these as "distributions") to be on a quarterly release schedule in 2011. They did Jan, a couple of April variants, and July. The next was scheduled for October. Then...

        Patrick, the lead dev (and rakudo.org webmaster), more or less dropped out of the project late September last year. Patrick had nom work underway. It was possible he would return, so it made no sense for others to dig in to his work. Instead they initially chose to defer the Star release until he returned, finished and merged his work, and did the release, as he had been doing them up till then.

        jnthn and Moritz took over as lead devs. From late October, news from Patrick dried up. By December, jnthn concluded he needed to go ahead with a Star release without Patrick's code and help. He took a proper Christmas break and now has a Star release nearly ready. (Ironically enough Patrick recently appeared on #perl6 and said he hopes to be back in action this coming week.)

        I ask that you (and anyone else) consider the need to read things carefully, be wary of jumping to conclusions, consider asking perl6ers (I recommend #perl6) to get the latest news, be considerate of Paula's condition, and avoid being assertive about problems with Perl 6 unless you know you're right, because unfair negative comments may make a difficult situation (personal pain) worse as well as discouraging potential contributors.

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