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Happy 20th Anniversary, Perl!

On December 18th, 1987, the first version of the Perl programming language was released. You can learn more about it in this article over at Wired.


A lot of the visitors to this website assume my tool of choice is Flash, because that is one of the most visible things here, but in truth, a good deal of the content of my websites are produced in Perl. The puzzles are rendered with Perl scripts, the mosaics over at Coverpop, as well as much of my Flickr work are the result of Perl programs, and so on.

I still find myself gravitating to Perl, even though there are other more readable alternatives, such as Python and Ruby. It is probably the language I harbor the most affection for. To me, Perl is a lot like Felix the Cat’s magic bag. It’s not terribly attractive, but you can do an awful lot of things with it in very short order. It still amazes me what kinds of miracles that ugly bag is capable of producing!

2 Responses to “Happy 20th Anniversary, Perl!”

  1. intermittentfire Says:

    What would you recommend as a good resource for learning Flash? I need something with a bit of structure, most generic online tutorials make me lose interest really fast.

    Thanks!

  2. jbum Says:

    I would recommend my class, at Art Center, in Pasadena. :)

    However, I suspect the method I used to learn Flash (which was Colin Moock’s
    book “Actionscript for Flash MX Pocket Guide”, combined with the help system
    that is built into Flash) is probably not the best method for you.

    If it is structure you seek, find a class.