[roch-pm] [Fwd: Perl.com Newsletter: People Behind Perl]

Brian Mathis bmathis at directedge.com
Wed Jul 4 22:49:58 CDT 2001

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Subject: Perl.com Newsletter: People Behind Perl
Date: Tue, 3 Jul 2001 14:44:09 -0700
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The 3rd O'Reilly Open Source Convention, July 23-27, 2001
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Hello, world. This is Simon Cozens, www.perl.com managing editor,
bringing you the latest goings on from the world of Perl and our
own site.

* Perl at large.

Well, it looks like I've been making the news this week with the
language-dev list, so maybe I should tell you about that...

Remember Parrot, the April Fool's Joke, where I had Perl and Python
joining forces to create a new language? Well, there was a serious
side to that little prank. I recognised that the developer
communities in both languages came up against the same problems and
discussed a lot of the same issues; this would become especially
important as people started developing Perl 6 and Python 3000. As
a result, I set up the language-dev mailing list to encourage
collaboration between programming language implementors. See the
whole story on my weblog:


And speaking of Perl 6, the development marches onwards, with the
near finalisation of another Perl Design Document. Unfortunately,
we're not able to bring you another Apocalypse from Larry at the
moment, as he's still having problems with his health and now
networking problems are adding to the misery, but it'll be along
soon - be assured that we'll bring it to you as soon as we have it!


Finally, Sun is running a survey on its Solaris Developer Connection
web site asking which language people use for "web-based client
applications", whatever they may be. At point of writing, Perl is
blowing away the opposition with 51.4%, with JSP (16%) and PHP (10%)
the closest competitors. This may, however, have something to do with
the poll being posted to use.perl...


* What's new on www.perl.com?

The Perl 5 Porters summary this week is back in my own hands, and
features developments in module organisation and testing, a summary
of Robin's fantastic work on B::Deparse, fixes and suggestions for
Carp, Jeffrey Friedl's amazingly interesting regexp patch, as well
as work on IBM 390 and UTS platforms and much, much more...


Bryan Warnock continues his fantastic work summarizing the Perl 6
mailing lists. As last week was not very busy, this summary covers
the past fortnight, and brings talk of multiple inheritance,
internal string APIs, and the astonishing fact that Perl doesn't
suck after all.


This week, we begin a new series on perl.com; we're bringing you
interviews with the "People Behind Perl" - some of the people from
the legions of developers and supporters that do all the
behind-the-scenes work to make Perl the invaluable tool we've
come to expect. This week, I talk to Nathan Torkington, long-time
Perl developer, co-author of the Perl Cookbook and, more recently,
Perl 6 project manager.




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*** This Week's Features ***

People Behind Perl: Nathan Torkington
So you use Perl, and you probably know that it was brought to you
by "Larry Wall and a cast of thousands". But do you know these
people that make up the Perl development team? Simon Cozens talks
to Nathan Torkington, a long-time Perl developer and a mainstay
of the Perl community.



Why Not Translate Perl to C?
Mark-Jason Dominus explains why it might not be any faster to
convert your code to a C program rather than let the Perl
interpreter execute it.



Yet Another YAPC Report::Montreal
Schuyler Erle gives a detailed report of all the exciting events
at this year's Yet Another Perl Conference in Montreal. By his
account, it appears to be an exciting time to be involved with the
development of Perl.



Parse::RecDescent Tutorial
Parse::RecDescent is a recursive descent parser generator designed
to help Perl programmers who need to deal with any sort of
structured data, from configuration files to mail headers to almost
anything. It's even been used to parse other programming languages
for conversion to Perl. Jeff Goff explains what Parse::RecDescent
does, how to build up grammars, and how to use Parse::RecDescent in
your programs.


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