Twenty-five years of Perl. And I’m a tiny bit over 50. Having been there, at the beginning with Perl, I will recount the early days through the modern era (or as much as I can cover in 40 minutes). I’ll deliver first-hand experience of the creation of the Camel Book, the Llama book, and the way I invaded comp.unix.questions with Perl 2 answers so often that people would post “no Perl please”. Oh, and my version of the story of the Schwartzian Transform. I’ll also give my views about the current and future Perl, and what Perl 6 means to the community and to me as a professional.
Randal L. Schwartz is a renowned expert on the Perl and Smalltalk programming languages, having contributed to a dozen top-selling books on the subject, and over 250 magazine articles. Schwartz runs a Perl and Smalltalk training and consulting company (Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc of Portland, Oregon), and is a highly sought-after speaker for his masterful stage combination of technical skill, comedic timing, and crowd rapport. And he’s a pretty good Karaoke singer, winning contests regularly.
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