Dave Cross

Recent Writing

  • Upcoming Training
    I have a few training courses coming up in the next few weeks which I thought you might be interested in. Firstly, the London Perl Workshop is on 8th November. I’ll be giving a two hour talk on “Perl in the Internet of Things“. As always, the workshop is free, but please register on the site and star my talk if you’re planning on attending. Then the week after I’m running two two-day courses in conjunction with FLOSS UK. On Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th it’s “Intermediate Perl” and on Thursday 13th and Friday 14th it’s “Advanced Perl Techniques”. Full... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 1970-01-01
  • Perl’s Problems
    It’s been over six weeks since I wrote my blog post on Perl usage. I really didn’t mean to leave it so long to write the follow-up. But real life intervened and I haven’t had time for much blogging. That’s still the case (I should be writing a talk right now) but I thought it was worth jotting down some quick notes about what I think is causing Perl’s decline. Reputation We have a lot to thank Matt Wright for. And I don’t mean that sarcastically. A lot of the popularity of Perl in the mid-90s stems directly from people... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 1970-01-01
  • “I Do Not Want To Use Any Modules”
    Almost every day on the Perl groups on LinkedIn (or Facebook, or StackOverflow, or somewhere like that) I see a question that includes the restriction “I do not want to use any modules”. There was one on LinkedIn yesterday. He wanted to create a MIME message to pass to sendmail, but he didn’t want to install any modules. Because “getting a module installed will have to go though a long long process of approvals”. And I understand that. I really do. We’ve all seen places where getting new software installed is a problem. But I see that problem as a bug... read more
    From: Perl Hacks | Published on 2014-09-21

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