Games, Diversions & Perl Culture: Best of the Perl Journal

Games, Diversions & Perl Culture: Best of the Perl Journal

by Jon Orwant
     
 

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The Perl Journal (TPJ) did something most print journals aspire to, but few succeed. Within a remarkable short time, TPJ acquired a cult-following and became the voice of the Perl community. Every serious Perl programmer subscribed to it, and every notable Perl guru jumped at the opportunity to write for it. Back issues were swapped like

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The Perl Journal (TPJ) did something most print journals aspire to, but few succeed. Within a remarkable short time, TPJ acquired a cult-following and became the voice of the Perl community. Every serious Perl programmer subscribed to it, and every notable Perl guru jumped at the opportunity to write for it. Back issues were swapped like trading cards. No longer in print format, TPJ remains the quintessential spirit of Perl--a publication for and by Perl programmers who see fun and beauty in an admittedly quirky little language.Games, Diversions, and Perl Culture is the third volume of The Best of the Perl Journal, compiled and re-edited by the original editor and publisher of The Perl Journal, Jon Orwant. In this series, we've taken the very best (and still relevant) articles published in TPJ over its 5 years of publication and immortalized them into three volumes.The 47 articles included in this volume are simply some of the best Perl articles ever written on the subjects of games, diversions, and the unique culture of this close-knit community, by some of the best Perl authors and coders. Games, Diversions & Perl Culture focuses on entertaining topics that make Perl users such fanatics about the language. You'll find all of the playful features TPJ offered over the years, including the Obfuscated Perl Contests, Perl Quiz Shows, humor articles, and renowned one-line recipes. The book also contains a panoply of quirky applications of Perl, including genetic algorithms, home automation, music programming, and an entire section on natural language processing.This anthology is an unmatched compendium of Perl lore.

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The Perl community’s unique combination of whimsy and intelligence has rarely been displayed as well as in Games, Diversions & Perl Culture. Editor Jon Orwant has combed the past five years of Perl Journal to select nearly 50 terrific articles.

This is actually the third Perl Journal collection Orwant’s edited. Computer Science and Perl Programming and Web Graphics and Perl/Tk were incredibly and immediately useful. With this one, though, you get to have a good deal of fun along with the problem solving.

Here’s where you’ll find articles on using Perl to search for English-language rhymes, and learn how to control your home X10 system with Perl. (Household appliances aren’t too swift. Don’t forget to build an event queue so your computer can keep busy while it’s waiting for responses.) And Ray F. Piodasoll shows you some of the program bugs he inadvertently introduced into the U.S. nuclear defense arsenal.

Don’t miss Lincoln Stein’s classic article on how Perl “saved” the Human Genome Project by enabling its two major laboratories to exchange data and compare results. Or Sean M. Burke and Sheri Wells-Jensen on using Perl to transform common English into Braille -- contractions, abbreviations, and all. (You’ll learn a lot about regexes.)

All of Perl Journal’s classic “Obfuscated Perl” contests are reprinted here, plus the legendary Perl Internet Quiz Shows from O’Reilly’s annual conventions. This is the perfect entertainment for anyone who loves Perl -- and a great gift for “that Perl monger in your life.” Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2000 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781449397784
Publisher:
O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date:
05/22/2003
Series:
Best of the Perl Journal
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
588
File size:
7 MB

Meet the Author

Jon Orwant founded The Perl Journal and received the White Camel lifetime achievement award for contributions to Perl in 2004. He's Engineering Manager at Google, where he leads Patent Search, visualizations, and digital humanities teams. For most of his tenure at Google, Jon worked on Book Search, and he developed the widely used Google Books Ngram Viewer. Prior to Google, he was CTO of O'Reilly, Director of Research at France Telecom, and a Lecturer at MIT. Orwant received his doctorate from MIT's Electronic Publishing Group in 1999.

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