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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • The Mac. Unix on the desktop and it doesn't suck. I love it to pieces.

    Rendezvous. The ability to advertise and discover services like instant messaging, file sharing, web servers, etc. via DNS is sweet. It's awesome at conferences to fire up iChat and see everyone in the audience listed, and be able to chat with them.

    Perl. Damn I love this language. It's so useful and so easy. I'm still in love after all these years. Learning Objective C after learning Perl is like being sodomized by Jabba the H

    • I'm interested in Apache2 because modules will now have almost socket level access to the communication going on between apache and the client. This means that Apache can service other protocols besides HTTP. Will apache become THE server of the future? I dunno, but it presents some interesting possibilities.

      I forgot about Rendezous. That is very interesting. I always thought someone would hack up DNS for more interesting uses.

      MacOS X, while very cool, isn't too interesting to me. It's Unix and that's not new, even on the desktop (that's right, I'm a cranky old linux user). I am interested to see how the application market takes to it. I'd love to see Apple take a bite out of Microsoft hegemony in the business place. I'd love to see MacOS X dominate the desktop world. Please don't construe this to mean that I trust Steve Jobs more than Bill Gates because I don't.

      Universal Plug N Play [upnp.org] is interesting because it's a web service that uses UDP (!). Broadcast protocol + web service = interest.

      Now that the hype of P2P is over, its time to see what the devil this architecture is good for.

      I'm still waiting for the death of PCs. Must we continue on through the 21st century with this beastly thing? Where are my cheap, embedded devices?

      Perl is good (and the perl5 branch is getting a very polished sheen), but for my own developement I've been looking at C again. Generally though, no programming language is very exciting to me -- the benefits to most of them aren't apparent to me.

      More network apps -- that's what I'm looking for.

      • Stuart Cheshire, the Rendezvous guru, gave some nice bitchslaps to UPnP at a talk I saw. Something along the lines of UPnP solves the easy problems clumsily and leaves the hard problems to the user. I forget the details, I was too busy laughing at the time.

        I have a rant about p2p, web services, and digital identity in a buffer. Must ... find ... time ... to ... blog ... all ... my ... bigoted ... opinions!

        --Nat

      • teledildonics is the future son! :) As always, look to the military complex or porn for innovation in technology.