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Re: perl 5.16.2 is now available

by BrowserUk (Pope)
on Nov 02, 2012 at 20:07 UTC ( #1002045=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to perl 5.16.2 is now available

Why do these announcements always contains 50% bad prose; 45% boilerplate; and 0% useful information about *what has changed*.


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Comment on Re: perl 5.16.2 is now available
Re^2: perl 5.16.2 is now available
by ambrus (Abbot) on Nov 02, 2012 at 22:48 UTC

    That's because 5.16 is a stable branch, and nothing of importance has changed since 5.16.1. The announcements for development versions or for the first versions in any stable branch always mention lots of changes.

      If nothing of importance has changed, why release at all? In fact there are important changes - bugfixes.
Re^2: perl 5.16.2 is now available
by Anonymous Monk on Nov 03, 2012 at 01:47 UTC
    The Chinese distribute backdoored tarballs of perl in source form. If the announcements are not posted far and wide across the land, you might be rootkited. Think of your financial data and change all your passwords immediately.
Re^2: perl 5.16.2 is now available
by Ratazong (Prior) on Nov 05, 2012 at 08:41 UTC

    Seems that there are different oppinions on the announcements. I like that they start with some prose (and I usually like that prose). And I have to disagree with your claim of 0% useful information: after all the announcement contains a reference where to find the list of changes...

    So long! Rata
Re^2: perl 5.16.2 is now available
by moritz (Cardinal) on Nov 05, 2012 at 16:21 UTC

      Even a simple link to the perl5delta on github or similar would be better than nothing.

      But the effort required to c&p the appropriate bit of that document into the announcement, is surely less than that expended digging up the pointless, meaningless, random literary quotes.

      Can you imagine Ford or Toyota announcing their latest car and telling you to look at the workshop manual for the selling points.


      With the rise and rise of 'Social' network sites: 'Computers are making people easier to use everyday'
      Examine what is said, not who speaks -- Silence betokens consent -- Love the truth but pardon error.
      "Science is about questioning the status quo. Questioning authority".
      In the absence of evidence, opinion is indistinguishable from prejudice.

      RIP Neil Armstrong

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