Subject: Re: Successful FSBs
From: "Stephen J. Turnbull" <>
Date: Tue, 05 Nov 2002 02:42:56 +0900

>>>>> "Benjamin" == Benjamin J Tilly <> writes:

    Benjamin> Try Template::Toolkit, DBI, Inline, or Parse::RecDescent
    Benjamin> for a few examples.

No thanks.  :-)

    >> And that's the bottom line, isn't it?  You don't have to listen
    >> to me; you've been there, you know what can be done, you can
    >> make your own judgements.  But what you're talking about is
    >> convincing people who are far more likely to swear by
    >> McConnell's _Code Complete_ than by ESR's _Magic Cauldron_.  I
    >> don't think unsupported claims about "just going to CPAN" are
    >> very convincing.

    Benjamin> I think that people like yourself who dislike Perl or do
    Benjamin> not know it well tend to underestimate CPAN.

Whether _I_ do or don't underestimate CPAN is irrelevant here.[1]  The
question is, "how effective is the magic word `CPAN' as a reason for a
non-OSS hacker to turn to OSS?"  Especially if he's going to be
working in C or Java or Visual Basic.

[1]  But I think you'd be surprised.  Consider that the XEmacs package
system is basically the same kind of idea as CPAN, although most
existing packages tend to be apps rather than libraries.

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