25 Years of Perl

Simon Dick simond at irrelevant.org
Tue Nov 20 15:52:48 GMT 2012

On 20 November 2012 15:45, Uri Guttman <uri at stemsystems.com> wrote:

> 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.

Especially FormMail.pl... I remember that one well...

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