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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • To begin with, in order to have a Second Dark Age there'd need to have been a First One already. And that's a highly controversial topic to boot.

    Second -- and much more importantly -- don't you see something fundamentally flawed about your approach? No? Where did you look for info about TPC? Google, and a few other places on the internet. Think '97. Think where info on that may be. What are the chances that it is on the net somewhere? Small imho. It may be -- and in fact surely is -- in personal mail boxes, diaries (the kind that was written on paper), letter, postcards, printed proceedings etc... I'm pretty certain that if you were to launch a packrats initiative to recover information about those events, you would get a lot. And that's only what a historian would do in this case.

    You seem to me -- though I may be wrong -- to be expecting history from five years ago to be as readily available as today's, now that we have blogs and trigger-happy DV all over the place :-)

    The latter part bringing me to another point: it was only temporary. With the profusion of data being made available on public servers, and a good amount of it being backed up (at least compared to what it was 2.000 years ago) I don't think we're losing our history -- perlian or general. We're losing large chunks of it, but that's inevitable, but we're losing much less than we used to :)

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    -- Robin Berjon [berjon.com]

    • :) Some of us spend a good bit of time collecting perlish bits that may not be readily available but, maybe in 20 years or so, will be appreciated by posterity. I have one gem that I ran across yesterday that, in light of last september, would raise a few eyebrows though it was a spoof from 2000. Ah, nostalgia :)

      If you are into perl history, join the packrats mailing list and share your archives. I just bought a honking firewire disk to consolidate my archives into one place. I always welcome more stuff.

    • You seem to me -- though I may be wrong -- to be expecting history from five years ago to be as readily available as today's, now that we have blogs and trigger-happy DV all over the place :-)

      Actually, the issue isn't really about throwing stones at O'Reilly for not making my trigger happy lifestyle as easy as I want it to be, although I do see how you could interpret it that way. The issue I want to raise is that for all of the talk about Perl community, there seems to be a distinct lack of interest