On May 17, 2018 7:44:44 PM PDT, Bruce Momjian <br...@momjian.us> wrote:
>On Thu, May  3, 2018 at 12:32:39AM +0200, Catalin Iacob wrote:
>> I do have a real concern about the long term attractiveness of the
>> project to new developers, especially younger ones as time passes.
>> It's not a secret that people will just avoid creaky old projects,
>> for Postgres old out of fashion things do add up: autoconf, raw make,
>> Perl for tests, C89, old platform support. I have no doubt that the
>> project is already loosing competent potential developers due to
>> One can say this is superficial and those developers should look at
>> the important things but that does not change reality that some will
>> just say pass because of dislike of the old technologies I mentioned.
>> Personally, I can say that if the project were still in CVS I would
>> probably not bother as I just don't have energy to learn an inferior
>> old version control system especially as I see version control as
>> fundamental to a developer. I don't feel the balance between
>> recruiting new developers and end user benefits tilted enough to
>> replace the build system but maybe in some years that will be the
>> case.
>What percentage of our adoption decline from new developers is based on
>our build system, and how much of it is based on the fact we use the C

I think neither is as strong a factor as our weird procedures and slow review. 
People are used to github pull requests, working bug trackers, etc.  I do think 
that using more modern C or a reasonable subset of C++would make things easier. 
Don't think there's really an alternative there quite yet.


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