[Pdx-pm] Perl in the 21st Century - Feb. meeting next week

Seven till Seven enobacon at gmail.com
Wed Feb 4 17:07:09 PST 2009

  Wed. February 11th, 6:53pm at FreeGeek -- 1731 SE 10th Ave.

Perl in the 21st Century
 speaker: EricWilhelm

 I started using Perl just over six years ago, when 5.6.2 was already 
getting old and 5.8.1 was on the way. By the time I put my first module 
on the CPAN, over half of the current contributors had already shipped.

 I have often read the source of a core module and asked "Why?" only to 
discover some unknown feature or historical accident. The history 
lesson continues all the way into the roots of Unix in some cases, but 
also often leaves me thinking "So?". And now I am quickly approaching 
my 40th CPAN distribution.

 In this talk, I will share my own experiences in developing with Perl 
and explore the idea of the "Modern" or "Enlightened" Perl. Did I miss 
the heyday of Perl or are we still making that now? How does today's 
Perl code look different than it did 5 or 10 years ago? Is there a Perl 
renaissance coming, and what does it have to do with Perl 6? What 
modules should you be using for new development? Where is my flying 
car? Why am I still programming in Perl? And why am I programming at 

 I will try to find answers to some of these questions and invite you to 
bring questions (or answers!) of your own.

 As always, the meeting will be followed by social hour at the LuckyLab.



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