The trouble is contributors generally don’t know all three languages. They’d need to take PRs on their PR branch for the others. Making feature branches on allwpilib is a non-starter because we can’t give people push permissions like that and trust them to not break the repo history. People can be very bad at Git.
If you make a PR intended to go on a feature branch, a maintainer would need to make the branch first, which makes initial contributions harder.
I guess the Linux kernel solves all this with a staging area.
I mean, that’s entirely your prerogative; but we’re almost certainly not going to be moving any time soon. It’s taken the better part of two years to get the community of people we have contributing code/docs/etc in one place.
I do not feel that a project the scale of WPILib should have its discussions mostly confined in a single (or two? dunno) channel(s) often filled with memes. If I ask a question in there, it would be drowned out and never seen again within 3 minutes.
Unless there’s been a major restructuring of the server or we’re talking about two different channels here, the last time I was in there (in comp season), the programming channel was essentially general discussion 3. I’m happy to be wrong, but that’s certainly the impression that was given off for a long time.
Anyway, if I’m wrong, I concede; not something worth arguing over.
Don’t get me wrong, I only use Java because I haven’t yet been able to convince my team to switch to something else. But then, I’m old-fashioned. I like microcontrollers that I can program in ANSI C with static memory allocation.
One thing I’ve learned in my job is just because industry does something, doesn’t mean it’s a good idea for maintainability or support reasons. Some of this code I work with is older than I am. It’s the lava flow antipattern, I think.
When I was sailing competitively in college my sailing coach had a saying: “50,000 Frenchmen can’t be wrong.” If the rest of the fleet is sailing off in one direction and you’re sailing the other, you may want to reevaluate what you’re doing.