[dancer-users] Development of Dancer stalling? What to do?

Gabor Szabo gabor at szabgab.com
Mon Dec 21 06:14:44 EST 2020


as I am working on the Perl Dancer video course I need to look up lots of
things in the documentation on https://metacpan.org/release/Dancer2 and
many times I feel either that it is difficult to find what I was looking

For example looking for the full list of words in the DSL:
I clicked on both links saying DSL, neither of them had the list, nor a
link to the manual
where I findall found it:

Another thing I was looking for is the list of types one can use out of the
box to describe the routes. I could not find it.


It is frustrating, but this is open source, I can help improve it, right?

I thought I'll open a ticket, maybe even send a pull-request.

Looked at https://github.com/PerlDancer/Dancer2/

and this made me even more frustrated. There are 110 open issues and 32
open pull-request. That's 32 things some people have worked on and have not
been integrated.

(If you like, you can compare the numbers with
Mojolicious https://github.com/mojolicious/mojo  47 3
Flask https://github.com/pallets/flask 18 4

You can also look at the commit history and you see there was hardly any
activity recently.

I keep recording the course, but I feel reluctant to open issues or work on
pull-request because I don't want to waste my time on something where the
chances of integration seem to be so low.


Why has the development slowed down? How could it be fixed?
Have the core developers (almost completely) lost interest?
Do they lack the time?
Could companies that use Dancer help financially?
Could new people step up to become core developers?

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