25 Years of Perl

Uri Guttman uri at stemsystems.com
Tue Nov 20 15:45:45 GMT 2012

On 11/20/2012 04:44 AM, Dave Cross wrote:
> Quoting "Randy J. Ray" <rjray at blackperl.com>:
>>> 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?
>> I'd be sure to mention the strong role Perl played in the emergence of
>> CGI applications-- both the Perl 4 cgilib.pl and Perl 5's CGI.pm. I
>> came in to Perl just a year or two before 5.000 rolled out, so I can't
>> talk to much from the pre-5 era. (My job at the time was using Perl on
>> a large scale to do software configuration management (20+ application
>> scripts, 15+ libraries, ~70,000 LOC), which I ended up transitioning
>> from Perl 4 to Perl 5.)
> Yeah. I'd already got CGI.pm, but had forgotten about cgilib.pl. Thanks
> for the reminder.

in that vein you should also mention matt's scripts. evil code but they 
helped perl gain massive numbers of users. many were kiddies but some 
actually learned perl.


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