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Shlomi Fish (918)

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I'm a hacker of Perl, C, Shell, and occasionally other languages. Perl is my favourite language by far. I'm a member of the Israeli Perl Mongers, and contribute to and advocate open-source technologies. Technorati Profile []

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Sunday April 01, 2007
03:19 AM

Larry Wall Facts

[ #32866 ]

In addition to the Chuck Norris facts, the Bruce Schneier facts and the Eric S. Raymond facts, I decided to start writing some "Larry Wall facts":

  • Larry Wall can understand the Perl code he wrote last year.
  • Larry Wall gets the colon.
  • There are at least 137 Larry Walls in the U.S. but only one that matters.
  • Larry Wall applies a patch manually quicker than GNU patch.
  • Larry Wall dreams in Perl.
  • Larry Wall can program in his sleep.
  • Larry Wall is lazy, impatient and full of hubris.
  • Larry Wall has more dollars in the bank than in his Perl code.

More additions are welcome.

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  • I don't think Mr. Wall would agree with this one:

    There are at least 137 Larry Walls in the U.S. but only one that matters.

    Minor quibble I know...

  • Larry Wall applies a patch manually quicker than GNU patch (which he himself wrote).
    • Larry did not write GNU patch. GNU patch may have been a fork of his patch program (though I doubt it), but I think it was a rewrite. In any case, GNU patch has much more features than the original patch by lwall, which is now good enough only as a historical curiousity.

      That put aside, I was hoping people would come up with more funny facts of their own. Did April Fools' (or Passover) ate your sense of humour? ;-)

      • The GNU patch says:

        Larry Wall wrote the original version of patch.

        As well as:

        Copyright (C) 1984, 1985, 1986, 1988 Larry Wall.

        Yes, I imagine there is little (if any) of Larry's code left but I figured it was true enough for a joke!

        I also thought of it a being a nice reference to the "bolder so heavy" (or "burrito so hot") type question.
        • I thought it was a funnier joke without the explanation, myself. :)

          J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers
        • Cool! Thanks for the research and letting us know. Here's the original patch announcement [] as far as I could tell. I still don't know whether its licence was GPL or BSD.

          Anyway, it's nice that some of the people at the GNU project are re-using code like this. I do wish they did not have the tendency to convert perfectly fine BSD/Public Domain code into the GPL or LGPL.

  • Larry Wall dreams in Perl.

    Ah, but he thinks in whistles! O:-)