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

Stefan Hornburg (Racke) racke at linuxia.de
Mon Dec 21 09:53:38 EST 2020

On 12/21/20 10:46 AM, Darren Duncan wrote:
> This also raises the question, if development of Dancer has stalled, is its user base also shrinking and going to other
> things?  If users are migrating away, there might be less point in having a course on it. -- Darren Duncan

That's a good question. But please note that we can't compare development of Dancer and Mojo.

Dancer only supplies the core and IMHO most things needed are there, so that also explains the stalled development while
Mojo is a whole eco system in a box.

110 open issues and 32 open pull reports are way too much of course.


> On 2020-12-20 10:14 p.m., Gabor Szabo wrote:
>> Hi,
>> 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 <https://metacpan.org/release/Dancer2> and many times I feel either that it is
>> difficult to find what I was looking for
>> 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:
>> https://metacpan.org/pod/distribution/Dancer2/lib/Dancer2/Manual.pod#DSL-KEYWORDS
>> <https://metacpan.org/pod/distribution/Dancer2/lib/Dancer2/Manual.pod#DSL-KEYWORDS>
>> 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/ <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 <https://github.com/mojolicious/mojo>  47 3
>> Flask https://github.com/pallets/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?
>> regards
>>      Gabor
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