Dave Cross

Recent Writing

  • 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
  • Martin Carthy and Dave Swarbrick – Kings Place
    No video from the night, but this (from a different venue a year ago) pretty much sums up what it was like. Why this gig? I’ve talked many times before about why you should go and see Martin Carthy (and, indeed, any member of his family) whenever you can. When he’s playing with Dave Swarbrick the show becomes even more essential. They first played together about fifty years ago and the partnership is still as strong as it ever was. Support I didn’t expect a support. These shows tend to be two sets by the main artist. But it wasn’t... read more
    From: Dave’s Gig Reviews | Published on 1970-01-01

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