25 Years of Perl
dave at dave.org.uk
Tue Nov 20 09:46:30 GMT 2012
Quoting Chris Benson <chrisb at ccandc.org>:
> On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 05:29:29PM +0000, Dave Cross wrote:
>> 1/ Technical
>> What CPAN modules deserve to be mentioned as part of Perl's history?
>> Which Perl infrastructure projects are (or were) important? Are
>> there any other technical things that need to be covered?
> Back before there were modules: the earliest version I used (3.something)
> came with *2p utilities that were useful in their own right and enabled
> bootstrapping knowledge from find, sed and especially in my case awk:
> If a2p hadn't existed (and installed right alongside perl) I'm not sure
> whether I'd have started using Perl.
Weren't those utilities only removed from Perl in the last couple of years?
> I think the early days of comp.lang.perl (before the split) with informed,
> entertaining & helpful commentary from some of stalwarts was also key
> in the rise of Perl.
Yeah! I've already tracked down the first posting to comp.lang.perl.
Finding it harder to trace the history of #perl though. Can anyone
help out there? Even if it's just an idea of when it first started.
Oh, and when was irc.perl.org set up?
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