Half my life with Perl

Randal Schwartz (FLOSS Weekly podcast)
Location: E145 Level: Novice
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Twenty-five years of Perl. And I’m a tiny bit over 50. Having been there, at the beginning with Perl, I will recount the early days through the modern era (or as much as I can cover in 40 minutes). I’ll deliver first-hand experience of the creation of the Camel Book, the Llama book, and the way I invaded comp.unix.questions with Perl 2 answers so often that people would post “no Perl please”. Oh, and my version of the story of the Schwartzian Transform. I’ll also give my views about the current and future Perl, and what Perl 6 means to the community and to me as a professional.

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Randal Schwartz

FLOSS Weekly podcast

Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl and Smalltalk programming
languages, having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and
over 250 magazine articles. Schwartz runs a Perl and Smalltalk training and
consulting company (Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc of Portland, Oregon),
and is a highly sought-after speaker for his masterful stage combination of
technical skill, comedic timing, and crowd rapport. And he’s a pretty good Karaoke
singer, winning contests regularly.

Books authored/coauthored:

  • Programming Perl (multiple editions)
  • Learning Perl (multiple editions)
  • Learning Perl on Win32 Systems
  • Learning Perl Objects References and Modules (multiple editions)
  • Effective Perl Programming: Writing Better Programs with Perl
  • Object Oriented Perl
  • Randal Schwartz’s Perls of Wisdom

Magazine articles and columns:

  • UnixReview Magazine
  • PerformanceComputing Magazine
  • SysAdmin Magazine and Website
  • WebTechniques Magazine and Website
  • Linux Magazine and Website
  • The Perl Journal E-Magazine
  • Apple Developer Works Website

Regular contributor to online forums:

Podcast producer:


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