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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 July 12, 2007
09:53 AM

Dan gave me a pink camel

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An old boss who works in my building is getting rid of a lot of his old books, and he just gave me a 1st edition Programming perl! I'm ecstatic because I've always intended to get one of these from my library because:

  • It's the book I first learned Perl from: sentimental reasons
  • I got a real kick out of the Job examples in the book. Who could forget open PRINTER, ">/dev/ctp"; to open the clay tablet printer device?
  • I remember it as looking like a simple and effective text to learn programming in general from, not just Perl. My kids may learn from portions of this book some day.

Interestingly enough, I seem to recall that when our little group realized we had outgrown Perl 4 (which happened far later than it should have), this same boss, at the time a coworker in a another group, was the man who loaned us our first 2nd edition Camel.

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  • Although I had written a shelf-full of books for other companies, that camel was the first time I could pick up a book with my name on the cover. What joy.

    It was really great to work with Larry on that book... our humor styles were similar enough that when we got to the glossary, and I stubbed in a few dummy terms (Regular Expression: /Oh s.*t./) just to keep things moving, Larry and I quickly agreed that we could do some of the terms as a joke, other terms seriously, and a few somewhat ambiguously.

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    • Thanks for the book, the humor, and the community. :)

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