How do I convince someone to fully "hand over" (to the public, not to me specificallY) a now dead, open source but not totally "open licensed" project. Furthermore, how do I find people who might want to work on its revival?
At my old job, we developed a programming language in-house. I grew to love it and I can't stand looking at PHP and the like. It's tag based, it's got some slick features, and its code can look very pretty (to web folk, anyway). The web development firm has given up on the language and bacome mostly a PHP shop at this point.
My old boss is kind of a possessive, hardnosed businessman type, so even though the project is pretty much dead at this point, I don't feel he'll just open the doors and say "ok, someone else can have this and manage it" for fear that some day it will wake up and be a cash cow or something and no longer be just his. I would probably have this same irrational paranoia, so I can't really fault him for this.
He wrote up his own legal terminology for a custom license "based on" the GPL, and included it in the code. It can be seen here
1) How do I convince him to "hand it over", so to speak, to the public? Do I even need to do this to have someone else start developing it and releasing new versions?
2) What's a good place to find programmers who might be interested in continuing the development of a web scripting language? It seems difficult in this day and age since PHP exists already, and Ruby on Rails is The New Black (tm).
I really don't want to see this language die. It's coldfusion-esque in its syntax (a tag based scripting language), and has a lot of great features. The documentation on the site doesn't really do it justice, but it can be seen here...
(this would have been a somewhat-self link 2 years ago, but shouldn't be one now, technically)
I have a specific idea of the one thing I'd like a programmer to add, but no motivation to add it myself because my C coding skills have fallen by the wayside since I've been more of a web developer for the last several years.
I'd also love to see this language take off, as it's free, easy as hell to learn (and easy for HTML-using graphic designers to design around - they can even understand the code!) and just a general pleasure to code in. If anyone is interested in code samples beyond what's documented on the site (i.e. something actually functional/useful), let me know and I can either post them here or email them.
Any input would be greatly appreciated.