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Old reading material [Mar. 29th, 2005|10:33 pm]
Brad Fitzpatrick
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whitaker was just going through my books to find something fun to read.

He found this gem:

Programming Perl, by Larry Wall and Randal L. Schwartz.
Editor: Tim O'Reilly himself!

".... the hottest new UNIX utility in years .... "

Printing history:
Jan 1991: First edition
August 1991: Minor corrections.
March 1992: Minor corrections.

Line that up with the Perl release history:

Perl 5 hadn't even started yet. :-)

And Perl 6 isn't even done yet, yet gaal's hardcore self ports Cache::Memcached to Perl 6.

And with that,


[User Picture]From: ydna
2005-03-30 06:53 am (UTC)
Ha ha. Perl 4 rocks my majordomo!
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[User Picture]From: pne
2005-03-30 09:32 am (UTC)

Apostrophe as the package separator in Ada (IIRC)

> &life`sleep($brad);

I presume you meant &life'sleep($brad) with an apostrophe?
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-03-30 07:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Apostrophe as the package separator in Ada (IIRC)

Yeah, whoops.
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From: pos_le_terrible
2005-03-30 10:10 am (UTC)

Off topic

This is totally off topic, but I found something on CPAN that reminds me one of your posts, some months ago about lazy and asynchronous evaluation of variables :
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-03-30 07:28 pm (UTC)

Re: Off topic

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[User Picture]From: herbie
2005-03-30 03:09 pm (UTC)
It's such a good book, though...

(I have it in first printing, apparently...)
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[User Picture]From: brad
2005-03-30 07:29 pm (UTC)
Whitaker was noting how unsure of themselves they sound, like it's all new weird voodoo to them and they're excited themselves about figuring out what it all means and how it works.
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[User Picture]From: ckd
2005-03-30 09:02 pm (UTC)
The book came out in conjunction with Perl 4.

As in, the version that was out when the book came out was declared Perl 4.

(There's a reason that some of the features in "format" are only documented in the early examples...they were added in 3.0.28 and most of the book had already been written.)
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