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PlayOnLinux 5 (Phoenicis) vs 4: a user-scripter opinion

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Dadu042 Monday 22 June 2020 at 11:10

After writing scripts for POL v4 for one year, I wish to report here my opinion to the devs of POL v4 and 5.


I think that making scripts for POL v5 is a bigger problem than for v4, here is why:

  • POL v4 use Bash programming language (known by Linux advanced users), POL v5 use Javascript (known by newbie coders) : this mean less people able to contribute (including me).
  • POL v4 scripts can be posted over a web interface, POL v5 must be posted over the GitHub service, a tool (mainly) for coders.  This mean less people able to contribute (including me).
  • POL v4 allow to write long changelogs, allowing to put a lot of details, and to list the contributors over the years. POL v5 allow only the name of the last contributor.

Edited by Dadu042

Quentin PÂRIS Monday 22 June 2020 at 23:11
Quentin PÂRIS


I think the two last points could be adresed by interfacing the website and github / or by providing another script source.

Concerning the first one.. You may be right, but on the long run, the maintennce will be far far easier thanks to inheritance (i.e. only one script to change to fix them all at one time, which is not possible at all in bash). So yeah, the first contribution is probably harder, but it makes things a lot easier from a maintenance prospective