[Ecls-list] Project status and changes (please read)

Juan Jose Garcia-Ripoll juanjose.garciaripoll at gmail.com
Tue Oct 15 07:53:04 UTC 2013

On Mon, Oct 14, 2013 at 6:06 AM, Dietrich Bollmann
<dietrich at formgames.org>wrote:

> It seems that your other projects are based mainly on C, C++ and Perl?  I
> imagine that ECL could be an ideal wrapper / scripting tool to unify them
> into one powerful framework which would make experimentation with your
> libraries much easier.

The point is that right now we are not experimenting. I have people who are
running well tested well defined numerical simulations on a 24 hours duty
cycle. They do not need to learn new languages or experiment, but to get
things done. On a more relaxed environment with less competition we could
afford to start with new tools; right now we cannot.

> It would be wonderful if there was funding for such a project so that you
> could "feed" your "bellies" at least partly by working on ECL.  But I am
> sure you thought about this yourself...

Yes, for some time I tried to get someone who would do ECL development as a
computer science project, but it lead to nowhere. No company has also shown
any interest in hiring someone to do this work -- which I would have gladly

> It will be very very difficult to find somebody with the necessary
> knowledge, experience, and motivation to take over your position, I fear.

That can never be an excuse. If anything, this shows the real problem:
software is not something for _one_ person to master, but for a community
to understand and deliver. My knowledge is not going to vanish and whoever
gets in as developer will have it as a backup and help if need be.

Instituto de Física Fundamental, CSIC
c/ Serrano, 113b, Madrid 28006 (Spain)
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