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sigzero (5768)

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I am the proverbial "accidental" programmer. I have found that I really like Perl and programming so I am pursuing that route now. I am the Debian systems administrator and junior Perl programmer for a company called Inspire.

Journal of sigzero (5768)

Sunday December 17, 2006
02:47 PM

My new 20" iMac

I got it the other day and I got a .Mac family account. So far everything is working together wonderfully. I am very happy with the iMac. Trying to do stuff on the 12" iBook (which I sold) was a pain sometimes.
Friday November 17, 2006
08:21 AM

$1500 too short...

I want to get a new MacBook Pro (15"). Since I am short I am thinking of all sorts of simple web projects everybody around me needs because darn it I want that MacBook Pro!
Monday November 06, 2006
07:22 PM

Get out and vote!

Whatever "side" you are on.

That would be today (2006-11-07) in the United States. : )

Friday November 03, 2006
03:05 PM

A Busy Developer's Guide to Tcl/Tk 8.5

I use Tcl/Tk at work as well as Perl and a new version (8.5) is just around the corner. The link below describes some of the changes occuring in 8.5.

I also know that the Tcl Core Team will be putting OO hooks into the Tcl core (8.6). It will be its own OO language construct but its overall goal is to allow other OO frameworks to get their hooks into the core by using it. Once in, this will filter into the tcllib packages making them more robust.

Oh, and "Tile", which will make Tk themeable is coming as well.

Some cool stuff...

Monday October 23, 2006
08:34 AM

Perl Contracting

Recently, I have been thinking about Perl contracting jobs. I have never really considered going to solo route before. Is it unreasonable to expect 60-70k+ after all is said and done?

What has been your experience in the realm of being a full-time Perl contractor?

Monday October 02, 2006
01:09 PM

Any SQL gurus out there?? (using Oracle)

I have to use a substr I think.

In one table I have a record like:


and in another table I have the records like:

MATA 0000001891

I need to be able to match the second one to the first one and SQL is not my forte yet.

Sunday September 24, 2006
07:42 PM


I have just come off of a 1 week family vacation. You know, with 4 kids, it isn't much of a vacation for dad. :\
Friday September 01, 2006
05:49 PM


I think that the Perl community (or those that can hack C++) should throw their weight behind wxGlade and wxPerl. Perl/Tk is okay but showing its age and while there is a newer way to get the good Tk stuff with Tkx, I think wx is the way to go.

Just what I think...

Friday August 11, 2006
11:35 AM

This is what I see:

Required skills: Perl, Unix, Linus, JSP

I wonder what they want to know about Linus? His views on the GPL3 or maybe kernel stuff?

Saturday July 29, 2006
08:33 PM

Multi-line comments in Perl?

In my web surfing tonight I came upon a reference to this module:

I wonder how many Perlers actually use something like this? I always thought m-line comments to be handy.

Is Perl6 going to have multi-line comments?