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J. David Blackstone has a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science and Engineering and nine years of experience at a wireless telecommunications company, where he learned Perl and never looked back. J. David has an advantage in that he works really hard, he has a passion for writing good software, and he knows many of the world's best Perl programmers.

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Thursday March 07, 2002
12:48 PM

success of use Perl;

[ #3353 ]

I've really enjoyed watching use Perl;'s popularity rise since I discovered it. (I guess around a year and a half ago.) I've recently noticed a milestone that I think indicates we've started to hit critical mass: twice this week when I've metamoderated, I've had 10 moderations to metamod. It used to be one or two, and often none.

Congratulations, pudge. And thanks.

I remember not long ago when pudge asked, "What else should we do to make this site useful?" Around that time I think journal use just really took off. On slashdot, moderating comments in journals just seems stupid (not that there's a problem with the concept or the code; it's just that most slashdotters don't have anything to say in their journals that I want to read and discuss). Here I think it helped build community and keep us coming back. Even if some of you guys wandered off into politics and other things. :)

Right now, use Perl; is my biggest participation the Perl community. I haven't been to any conferences, and p5p and the p6 lists are just two much for me to stay subscribed to. But here I enjoy the feeling that if I have some little insight I can post it and share it with everyone, and get feedback to see if I'm off base or not. (To that end, I'd love to have people comment on this.)

So, thanks again, pudge, and I look forward to seeing the advance of this site and the code that runs it.

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  • After all, these are journals. And while use Perl represents a community based on a shared technical interest, I think that this site (and the journals in particular) would be _awfully_ dull if the _only_ thing people ever wrote about was their latest bit of code.
    • I agree -- the whole point of these is that they're not just Perl, they're the edge of Perl, where Perl meets something else in your brain. It isn't merely a discussion of code, but also a discussion of your (job|food|politics|problems), and Perl just happens to show up a significant amount of time.

      Which isn't to say that code discussion's bad, just that this is a place for that and more. :)


      You are what you think.
    • I agree with you. I just noticed quite a bit of political stuff recently and wanted to rib people about it. To be serious, the site really is better because of those discussions.

      Gasp! You mean some of us have lives beyond coding?!


      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers