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Byte.com: The O'Reilly Open Source Convention

Sep 10, 1999, 00:51 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jon Udell)

"It used to be called simply the Perl Conference. The first was in 1997, and the second was last year, both in San Jose, California. This year it morphed into something much bigger: a multi-track open source convention featuring parallel programs for:

  • Perl
  • Python
  • Linux
  • Apache
  • sendmail
  • Tcl/Tk
  • open source business issues"

"The regular conferences on Monday and Tuesday were preceded by a weekend of tutorials. I got there in time to catch Mark-Jason Dominus' "Tricks of the Wizards." It was all about globs, ties, closures, and other stuff that -- frighteningly -- I more or less understand after years of Perl apprenticeship. What I liked most, though, was the state-machine example."

"The machine in question was an NNTP server, and the states modeled were those involved in the NNTP client/server command protocol. The state machine was represented as -- what else? -- a Perl hashtable. A very clean, elegant demonstration of how Perl likes to blur the boundary between code and data, and why that's useful."

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