[Chicago-talk] Perl gratitude, 2007
andy at petdance.com
Thu Nov 22 11:03:57 PST 2007
Here in the US, it's Thanksgiving, a day of eating lots of food,
watching football, and sometimes, just sometimes, expressing
and giving thanks for those things that make life wonderful.
Here are the things I'm grateful for in late 2007, in no particular
order after the first.
Google's project hosting service has been a godsend. It's changed
the way I do open source projects. It has leapfrogged SourceForge
ease of maintenance, and the bug tracker trumps RT for CPAN that
we've been using for so long. Add that to the integration with
Groups which makes it trivial to create mailing lists, and it's at
tops of my list for 2007. I can't say enough good about it.
The readers of Perlbuzz
Eleven weeks ago, Skud and I started this little website called
Perlbuzz as an alternative to the "more traditional outlets" for
news in the Perl world. The response has been tremendous. We get 600
RSS readers every day, and have had over 10,000 unique visitors in
time. It makes me happy that our little venture is used and
by the community.
It's been over a year in the making, but the new version of the
crucial Test::Harness 3.0 means more flexibility for module authors,
and lots of UI improvements for people who just want to run prove
MJD is so much a fixture in Perl it's easy to forget that he's
For 2007, though, never mind all the things he's done for Perl in
past, or the hours I've spent being enthralled in talks of his. His
Universe Of Discourse blog is the single most intelligent blog
there, and sometimes it just happens to be about Perl.
Was Andy Armstrong always around, or did I just not notice? His time
and dedication spent on climbing on board with Ovid and Schwern
rest of the Test::Harness 3.0 crew has been invaluable in getting it
out. Plus, he's a really swell guy anyway.
When I finally despaired of the amount of time and frustration it
to organize content for Chicago.pm's Wheaton meetings, Dave
stepped up and volunteered to take it over. I'm thankful, but not as
much as I hope the other Chicago.pm folks are.
I'm all about having the machine keep an eye out for the stupid
we do, and the goodness of Perl::Critic is always impressive.
won't like everything Perl::Critic says about your code, but
It's an entire framework for enforcing good Perl coding practices.
The Perl Community in general
The Perl community is populated by some tremendous folks. Some names
are more known than others, but these people help make daily Perl
better for me. In no particular order, I want to single out Pete
Krawczyk, Kent Cowgill, Elliot Shank, Liz Cortell, Jason Crome,
Sloman, Michael Schwern, Andy Armstrong, Ricardo Signes, Julian
Jim Thomason, chromatic, Chris Dolan, Adam Kennedy, Josh McAdams
course Kirrily Robert. If you think you should be on this list,
probably right, and I just forgot.
My wife, Amy Lester
Because even if she doesn't understand this part of my life, she at
least understands its importance to me.
I'd love to hear back from any readers about what they're thankful
I'm thinking about having a regular Perlbuzz "Love Letters to Perl"
column where people write about what they love in Perl.
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