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Apple, fancy sponsoring?!

On 6 Jan 2012, at 19:09, "T.J. Crowder" <t...@crowdersoftware.com> wrote:

> Hi,
> 
> On Jan 6, 12:49 pm, James Hargreaves <james.hargrea...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> Hello,
>> 
>> I note that the prototype libraries (available on prototypejs.org)
>> have not been updated since November 2010. Indeed, nothing much seems
>> to have been updated on the site since around then.
>> 
>> Is prototype still an active project?
>> 
>> Thanks
>> Jay
> 
> (Caveat: I'm not a member of the Prototype team and don't speak for
> them. My view of the project is from the outside, and so may be
> flawed. I was a bit involved with the project briefly, doing a fair
> bit of missing documentation with an eye toward contributing on the
> code front as well, but stepped away from it for various reasons a
> couple of years ago.)
> 
>> Is prototype still an active project?
> 
> It depends on your perspective. Unlike some other libraries, Prototype
> has no corporate sponsor; no one is paid to work on it. There's been
> no visible activity on the project since November 2010 (the last
> release, and last blog entry). The previous version was 14 months
> earlier (September 2009). There are 105 outstanding bug reports,
> including some that are quite straightforward to fix (such as
> Prototype overwriting any native implementation of `Array#filter` and
> such; issue #317).
> 
> Most of the people who contributed to the project in the past are not
> currently doing so; as far as I'm aware, only Andrew Dupont (the
> project lead) is even nominally on the Prototype team at this point,
> and he's busy with other things. Here's what Andrew had to say the
> last time this came up, about three months ago:
> http://groups.google.com/group/prototype-scriptaculous/browse_thread/thread/7d434e109c23c306/547c3ed0303b4c78#547c3ed0303b4c78
> 
> My take-away here is that the project is essentially inactive -- after
> all, Andrew can't be expected to do all the work himself! He has a job
> and a mortgage and a life like the rest of us. But it could be
> reactivated quite quickly, really, if someone with some significant
> time available, and the necessary credentials to make Andrew think it
> made sense, stepped up and offered to take the reins alongside him.
> Ideally, someone or ones working for a company or companies with a
> significant Prototype investment that want to see the library continue
> and are happy to pay their engineers to work on it a bit rather than
> paying them to replace it with something else -- e.g., companies
> "giving back" to the project with actual paid developer time. It
> wouldn't take much. The project needs one person with a reasonable
> time commitment per week (say, 4-8 hours/week) to co-chair with
> Andrew, and then if (say) five of the companies that use Prototype
> could offer two hours of a developer's time per week triaging bug
> reports, fixing bugs, etc., that would make a _massive_ difference to
> the project. Hopefully that new co-chair could also look at some of
> the longer-term stuff (like using element wrappers rather than DOM
> element augmentation, which I know was high on Andrew's to do list).
> 
> Best,
> --
> T.J. Crowder
> Independent Software Engineer
> tj / crowder software / com
> www / crowder software / com
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