Changes at the top of the Cake

Posted in CakePHP on 18.04.2008.

There has been some discussion on who should be the lead developer of CakePHP. Here is my 2c.

In this article I'll be referring to a link posted in this discussion, namely, this IRC log.

For those who are not willing to read all that stuff, it is a discussion on whether PhpNut should remain the lead developer of CakePHP. He's being accused of autocratic behavior and this is the core issue.

I'm not qualified to tell whether this is true or not, I don't know the man nor have I worked with him, but I'd like to say a few things on the matter.

First of all, I'd like to say that Gwoo was the most polite individual in the whole discussion, with the appropriate level of diplomacy. No, this is not a suck-up, I just think that chivalry should be complimented.

Further more, it's a shame that the people who had such a productive relationship found themselves arguing in public about things which are not really a public matter. But I'm not blaming PhpNut, I guess I'd be pretty defensive if someone tried to remove me from the "lead developer" position.

What I disliked most was Nate's Twitter message, stating that PhpNut is "stepping down" because other people said so. This is not called "stepping down", and seems more like coup d'etat. All of this should have happened behind the curtain and in a less insulting way.

PhpNut, if you are reading this by any chance, think about what's best for Cake. If you can contribute more by not being the lead developer, then go for it.

It is obvious that nobody wants you to leave, and we all know you have the capacity to contribute to Cake and the whole community.

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