The closure of FreeCode has sparked a discussion on ESR’s blog.“We want a central place where people can post project release announcements so other people can monitor and search release activity, which also serves as a searchable index of project metadata. The projectâ€™s main view is to be a timeline of recent release announcements.” ESR lists some ideas like keeping it simple and avoiding some mistakes that FreeCode may have made to lose traffic. Commentators kick around several ideas for features, ways and means.
The concept is interesting. Distros do a lot of similar things as does Sourceforge, GitHub and Distrowatch. A site specializing in distributing release-announcements could have a niche. On the one hand, with the millions of projects that might use the service, the site might be too busy to be useful. On the other hand, a good search engine might make the site scale well. Perhaps Google could provide the searching function.
On using PHP for the site, ESR wrote, “Sorry, but for a project like this I wonâ€™t touch PHP with a 20-foot pole. Too ugly, too hard to maintain.”
Ah yes. He has opinions. I’d agree with him that any C-like language is ugly and too hard to maintain. That’s why he should use PASCAL… 😉