Reservist Colonel (just called up): I don’t know why they want me. I’m a pretty sorry excuse for a soldier. I’m out of shape, I’ve forgotten all the drills, I can’t load an M-16… I can’t even remember how to use the F-word!
B.D.: Easy. You just use it like a comma.
— Doonesbury comic, 9/11/1990
The PDF::API library, and its current version, PDF::API2 (version 2) has been available on the CPAN library for many years. Unfortunately, its maintenance record has been less than consistent. It was originally written by Alfred Reibenschuh, et al., and is currently maintained by Steve Simms. I started participating in the maintenance of the package, but butted heads with Steve too many times for my liking. He only wants to fix bugs (at least, for now) and refuses to consider any enhancements, or cleanup of code or POD documentation. If I submit a bug report that is too large for his liking, he simply ignores it. Steve is doing good and necessary work in fixing bugs, but I feel that his scope is too narrow for the good of the product. Thus, I have reluctantly decided that I need to fork the project in order to get necessary improvements into the code. My plan is to include bug fixes he provides for PDF::API2, as well as my own bug fixes and enhancements. My hope is that some day all my work can be folded back into PDF::API2.
It took some consideration as to what this forked version should be called. There was already an official PDF::API3 project on CPAN, but it appears to be stillborn (created in early 2009 by Otto Hirr, and never updated). I also didn't want to call it PDF::API4, as most people are familiar with PDF::API2 as the name of the library, not as PDF::API version 2. So, I settled on calling it version 3 (starting with 3.001) of PDF::API2, for the initial release (distributed from my site). When it came time to make an official fork and release, Steve asked me to not call it API2, so I renamed it PDF::Builder instead, keeping the 3.xxx numbering sequence.
I plan to keep changes as upwardly compatible as humanly possible, but it is possible that some fixes and enhancements might break existing code. If known, I will attempt to note that in the documentation, and provide a workaround or alternate library. Worst case, new calls or methods will be provided, and the old ones left in for now (and deprecated).
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