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What is a pumpkin?

by SilasTheMonk (Chaplain)
on Dec 18, 2009 at 23:10 UTC ( [id://813451] : perlquestion . print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

SilasTheMonk has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

On the PAUSE webpage there has recently appeared this page: Now I have to ask why did not someone put a mysterious page up on a functional website like PAUSE, and not offer some sort of explanation?

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Re: What is a pumpkin?
by merlyn (Sage) on Dec 19, 2009 at 00:24 UTC
    It's really "pumpking", but most people say and spell it "pumpkin". As in, the person responsible for a particular Perl release. If you're not the Pumpking, you can only suggest changes to the next release, and you hope the pumpking approves.

    -- Randal L. Schwartz, Perl hacker

    The key words "MUST", "MUST NOT", "REQUIRED", "SHALL", "SHALL NOT", "SHOULD", "SHOULD NOT", "RECOMMENDED", "MAY", and "OPTIONAL" in this document are to be interpreted as described in RFC 2119.

      No it was "pumpgun", but because of bloody copyright conflicts with the NRA, Larry changed it to "pumpkin".

      Believe the Perlman!

Re: What is a pumpkin?
by planetscape (Chancellor) on Dec 19, 2009 at 01:19 UTC

    Pumpkins can be very dangerous! Beware!

    er, no, wait, that's something else... nevermind...


Re: What is a pumpkin?
by codeacrobat (Chaplain) on Dec 18, 2009 at 23:21 UTC
    see perlhist

Re: What is a pumpkin?
by ikegami (Patriarch) on Dec 19, 2009 at 00:42 UTC
    To give you an idea, the 5.12 pumpking set the overall goal/theme of the release, he set priorities, he set feature freeze dates, and more.