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Thursday April 22, 2010
10:55 PM

Bob Jacobsen interview on FLOSS Weekly

Last week, I interviewed Bob Jacobsen for FLOSS Weekly. Bob used Perl's Artistic 1.0 license on some Java code to manage model trains. The code was later patented by an Oregon-based company(!) and then Bob got sued(!!) for Bob distributing the other company's patented code(!!!). The good part of the story is that this is the first test at the US Federal Appeals Court level for an open source license to be enforceable even if no money exchanges hands, and... we won!

Bob spent a lot of time and money on the case though. Listen to the podcast and contribute to his legal defense if you care about open source.

Monday August 25, 2008
04:16 PM

Speaking to Atlanta Perl Mongers Thursday (before D*C)

Join me for A special night with Randal Schwartz where I'll be talking about "Perl second-best practices", which I describe as:

So, you don't have time to read Damian Conway's "Perl Best Practices" book, to understand his "256 guidelines on the art of coding to help you write better Perl code"? Hear Randal Schwartz provide the executive summary, including pointing out where Randal disagrees with Damian, and why. This high-speed overview will help you understand "code layout, naming conventions, choice of data and control structures, program decomposition, interface design and implementation, modularity, object orientation, error handling, testing, and debugging." But using shorter words.

If everything goes well, I'll be recording this and putting it into my Vimeo feed in HD.

Tuesday April 29, 2008
01:59 PM

This is my Perl Blog, and I have other blogs

Trying to get the "blog" google juice going here, along with others, this is indeed my Perl Blog.

When I originally started posting here, this was my only blog, so early messages were about everything interesting. But I got a personal blog at, and since then have been keeping this Perl Blog to simply being a Perl Blog.

Recently, I've been learning, writing about, speaking about, and teaching Smalltalk, so I also have a Smalltalk Blog where I speak strictly about Smalltalk-related items.

For a rollup of all of my blogs and web presences, you can follow my Jaiku feed.

01:54 PM

Torturing with Smalltalk

Over on my Smallltalk Blog, I talk about how I tortured last week by presenting the Smalltalk Seaside Web Framework instead of a Perl talk like the rest of the presentations for the day.
Monday April 07, 2008
10:50 AM

Discussion about Perl's "compiler" in TheCommandLine podcast

I was drawn to last week's podcast episode of The Command Line because they mentioned my name (thank you, EveryZing!). When I listened to the entire podcast, I heard some mis-statements about Perl as being strictly an interpreter, so I added comments to the show, as well as subscribing to the show for updates.

Well, it looks like my comments made it into the initial content in this week's show, which delighted me immensely. It's good to make sure people understand how compiled Perl has already existed for 20 years, and will be even more explicit in Perl 6.

Monday February 25, 2008
03:26 PM

I made MacOSX Hints today!

Rob Griffiths IM'ed me saturday while I was sitting at ATL airport, asking what my day rates were.

My normal reply was "depends on the task", and asked him what he had in mind. As he described it, it fleshed out to all of 10 lines in my head, so I said "well, buy me lunch and we'll call it even". He couldn't believe that it could be that short to create or to write.

Ten minutes later, I showed him the code that he added to a hint for today about renaming old iChat logs.

Hadn't tried it on my own data, but told him "it should probably work". I'm pretty good at previewing code in my head. :) He tried it, and it worked fine for his data. Yeay.

So there I am, famous again. And got a free lunch for 10 minutes work. Not bad.

Saturday February 16, 2008
11:27 AM

R.E.M. chooses "artistic license" for video mashups

Looks like the Perl hackers aren't the only ones who like the new Artistic 2.0. Apparently the band R.E.M. has chosen to release 11 of their videos under Artistic 2.0 for mashups. Wow.
Friday February 15, 2008
03:48 PM

If only I could be cloned....

Apparently, my "programming-related memory engrams" are worth something!
Thursday November 15, 2007
09:00 AM

"...something that compels me to express myself with it..."

...I've come to the preliminary conclusion that PHP makes Perl look like Japanese for its sheer compact complexity and power. There's something about Perl that's scary, something that's beautiful, something that compels me to express myself with it. It's going to be addictive stuff, i can tell. ...

... from a recent livejournal post

Friday September 21, 2007
10:04 AM

"Shot through the heart... and you're to blame..."

You give Perl, a bad name, bad name... (Especially read my comment about the localtime vs gmtime issue.)