I’ve been thinking about DateTime recently and I’ve come to the conclusion that the Perl community would be much better off if there was a DateTime core team maintaining the core DateTime modules. DateTime.pm, the main module, is used by several thousand other CPAN distros, either directly or indirectly. Changes to DateTime.pm (or anything that it in turn relies on) have a huge impact on CPAN.
I’ve been maintaining DateTime.pm, DateTime::Locale, and DateTime::TimeZone as a mostly solo effort for a long time, but that’s not a good thing. The main thing I’d like from other team members is a commitment to review PRs on a regular basis. I think that having some sort of code review on changes I propose would be very helpful. Of course, if you’re willing to respond to bugs, write code, do releases, and so on, that’s even better.
Please comment on this blog post if you’re interested in this. Some things to think about include …
- What sort of work are you comfortable doing? The work includes code review, responding to bug reports, writing code to fix bugs and/or add features, testing on platforms not supported by Travis, and doing releases.
- How would you like to communicate about these things? There is an existing firstname.lastname@example.org list, but I generally prefer IRC or Slack for code discussion.
- Would you prefer to use GH issues instead of RT? (I’m somewhat leaning towards yes, but I’m okay with leaving things in RT too)?
The same request for maintenance help really applies to anything else I maintain that is widely used, including Params::Validate (which I’m no longer planning to use in new code myself) and Log::Dispatch. I’d really love to have more help maintaining all of this stuff.
If you have something to say that you’re not comfortable saying in a comment, feel free to email me.