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Re: [Chicken-users] The eggs index needs release dates displayed

From: John Gabriele
Subject: Re: [Chicken-users] The eggs index needs release dates displayed
Date: Wed, 21 Feb 2018 16:09:28 -0500

How about instead adding a link to its online repo (at github, gitlab, bitbucket, ...)? Is there a way to add those links to the eggs index page? That would be an excellent improvement. When I look at a project's online repo, seeing recent commits, issues, available docs, number of "stars"/"watchers", changelog, etc. gives me a good idea of how the project is doing and if it'll work for me.

On Wed, Feb 21, 2018, at 3:10 PM, John Cowan wrote:
I think that would be a mistake for the reason you give: it's often the case that an egg hasn't been updated in a long while because it's complete and nobody has found any bugs in it.  Lisp/Scheme code tends to be extremely durable: McCarthy's theorem prover from 1958 is still runnable with only a few surface repairs.

On Wed, Feb 21, 2018 at 2:45 PM, John Gabriele <address@hidden> wrote:
Hi all,

Haven't played around with scheme in a while, but recently was motivated to take a peek at what eggs were currently available. I noticed at the [egg index]( that although there is much useful info provided (such as description, license, and egg version),  there are no egg release dates listed --- only the egg version number.

While I understand that some may be hesitant to display dates, since there are likely many chicken eggs that are good but also were released some time ago (and you may not want to give the impression that you've got old eggs), it makes it difficult for new users to get an idea of what's current/active vs possibly inactive. Date of the egg's release is just as important to see as its version or other info, and also sends a clear message that the egg index is more than just a showcase but is in fact *the* tool for finding and selecting eggs.

Does the egg packaging format support a field for release date?

-- John

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