My company is willing to sponsor Dawid and the PDT project as Eclipse is core to our organisation.
However, we need some acknowledgment of commitment from Dawid to meet his $500 per month goal to drive PDT forward.
From: Basil Mohamed Gohar via pdt-dev <pdt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Saturday, 18 February 2023 at 12:24
To: PDT Developers <pdt-dev@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Basil Mohamed Gohar <basilgohar@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [pdt-dev] Financial or other support to get PDT up to PHP 8.x support?
I reached out to Dawid directly about a month-and-a-half ago, but unfortunately I received no response. I get the feeling the current maintainer is either unable or unwilling to continue running the project. I hope that I can be proven wrong and we get the project restarted as-is.
With that said, is there any interest from anyone else in taking action to see if we can petition to have a new maintainer for the project, perhaps from among ourselves? I don't particular want it, I cannot even program in Java, but I am devoted user of PDT and concerned for its future, and would love to facilitate a process that kickstarts development again. Sadly, there are few to no other alternatives that, like PDT, are truly cross-platform, free-and-open-source, comprehensive IDEs for PHP web development. VSCodium may have the chops, but it's not a pleasant experience for me and I hate being tied to MS.
At a minimum, if the platform can be updated to support up through 8.2, that'd be a huge step forward. I am willing to explore sponsoring development in that direction, whether from myself (can't afford much) or organizing a campaign and even hiring someone from Upwork or similar, unless someone on the list wants to take a crack at it first.
So, basically, I'm proposing, if we have a compelling case to continue development, to petition the Eclipse foundation to transfer or at least open-up ownership of this project to someone who can lead it further down.
Alternatively, we can always fork it, but I'd rather exhaust all options for the original project continue forward before forking and losing the history we have with this project and its associated history.
Any thoughts? I hope I'm not the only one.
On 12/2/22 9:17 AM, Alexander McKee wrote:
I think the main issue is that there is only one PDT developer, Dawid, who is intermittently active. I tried to get involved, there's still a PR open, but unfortunately it doesn't seem help is welcome.
I even sponsored Dawid using GitHub's sponsorship feature for a while.
I don't want to make it about Dawid, he's clearly done a lot of work on PDT over the years but he is also evidently not working consistently on PDT and the product is suffering as a result.
I wish he would work with other people to help enable more development to take place.
I am using PHPStorm now but I wish I could use an open source product like PDT.
I'd like to offer to help get some kind of support, whether financial or otherwise, to the PDT project in order to get development going again, especially with regards to PHP 8.2 support, which is just about to be released. As it stands now, PDT only supports up to 7.4.
Please let me know if there's some way that we can bring in support from outside, whether through sponsors or development resources, and if so, how best we can manage that.
I don't want to pressure the core developers, rather, I just want to offer support. Sadly, I'm not fluent in Java so I don't think I can contribute directly, else I would have long ago.
I hope this garners some support, because I love PDT as a tool and I would love to keep using it, but there are key features in the latest versions of PHP (such as the match construct) that just aren't recognized and are parsed as errors in PDT currently.
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