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Wednesday August 18, 2004
09:02 PM

My name in print

[ #20460 ]

Somehow I am always surprised to see other people mention me in books and whatnot (I mean, why else would someone start a magazine unless they think they need attention? :)

But this week I saw it twice. I had a couple of trips to the VA Hospital for some routine, back from the Middle East sorta things, so each day I took along a book to read.

Monday I took Peter Scott's latest gem, Perl Medic. The first thing I noticed with "The Perl Review" in big letters on the front next to a quote from Adam Turoff. Of all the things Adam could have associated himself with, he chose TPR. Okay, cool. Inside, Peter mentions Test::Pod, and hence me, on page 37. However, the book is already out of date because Andy Lester completely changed the module and now it has a different module.

Today I took Peter Scott's (and Ed Wright's) first gem, Perl Debugged, which I bought for $91 at The Perl Foundation auction. I didn't pay as much as Michel Rodriquez who outbid me at $100 before they let on they had a second copy. I found my name on page 41 when the authors listed a bunch of people with nice coding styles.

It still seems really odd to see my name along with the names of truly cool people.

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  • I found my name on page 41 when the authors listed a bunch of people with nice coding styles.

    I won't disagree that you have a nice coding style, but it is a bit unique:

    if( open my( $fh ), ">> $ENV{HOME}/mail/fix-addresses" )
        print $fh "$_\n";
        print "$_: Problem: $!";

    I've always wondered how that came about. I must confess that I found it a bit jarring when I first saw it.

    • I made it up before I had a lot of other code to look at. I like lots of whitespace, and I don't like to stick parens and braces far away from the thing they enclose. Otherwise, I get confused.

      It's kinda like optional Python. :)
    • Worse yet, this is the style of code that Peter and Ed used in Perl Debugged. I didn't realize anyone else did it like that.
    • It's called the "whitesmith" style by emacs. According to the manual [] for cc-mode, Popularized by the examples that came with Whitesmiths C, an early commercial C compiler.