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Re: What makes a contributor to Perl?

by Xiong (Hermit)
on Mar 28, 2012 at 21:54 UTC ( #962268=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to What makes a contributor to Perl?

I believe I made my position clear on this topic. There is no objective or abstract standard possible that determines whether one has or has not been of service to others. Particularly, I deny the validity of claims made by some who believe they may determine by themselves alone whether they are or are not making a contribution.

One may be certain of the usefulness of one's work by the criticism it receives from others. This may come in many forms: cash, a kind word, bug reports, formal recognition, and so forth. It may be long delayed, as illustrated by innumerable examples of great work only recognized as such some centuries after the creator's death. Nor can the absence of feedback prove lack of value. But it only when others tell us that we have made a contribution that we can be sure we have indeed served.

Death only closes a Man's Reputation, and determines it as good or bad. —Joseph Addison


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Re^2: What makes a contributor to Perl?
by petdance (Parson) on Mar 28, 2012 at 22:05 UTC
    It seems that you're taking my post as somehow related to your thread (Rewards of Service). It's not. I've never read that thread until just now. I'm sorry for the inadvertant confusion.

    You say "it only when others tell us that we have made a contribution that we can be sure we have indeed served," and that's what I'm asking you to do: To tell us who you see as being contributors.

    xoxo,
    Andy

      Sorry; I misread your post; you appeared to seek an objective standard. You want specific instances. You did not intend to relate your post to mine; they merely approach the same question from different directions.

      Um, anyone can throw together a list of stuff he likes somewhat. My vote for top Perler is Michael Schwern; for top contribution, Test::Simple. I consider Test::More the most important module extant. And yes, I've sent him fan mail.

      Death only closes a Man's Reputation, and determines it as good or bad. —Joseph Addison

        What do you use Test::Simple and Test::More for?

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