This weekend I was pleasantly surprised by an email from Aaron Stone, the lead engineer of modperlite -- a project the two of us had started while we were both at Six Apart focused on addressing ways to dramatically improve performance for Movable Type. Aaron had done a lot of the initial groundwork for the project technically, but eventually got consumed by other projects in need of his expertise; a trend that did not stop when he moved on to Google.
I had in fact began recruiting for engineering talent to contract with to complete the project. But then this weekend, I got an email from Aaron out of the blue informing me that he finished the work on mod_perlite and tested it with Movable Type... and it worked!
This is a tremendous milestone for the project and puts us in a position for the first time to see if the original hypothesis for the project holds water: that we could make Perl applications as brain-numbingly easy to install as PHP-based ones, and that we could also help make all CGI faster and more memory efficient in the process.