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Wednesday, June 22 • 9:45am - 10:50am
“People still use Perl?” Twenty Years of Making a Living With a Dead Language

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A little over twenty years ago, Ruth Holloway wrote her first Perl script, and the person who taught her how even said then that Perl was a “dead” language. Perl’s an awfully lively zombie! Travel along with Ruth through two decades of the joys and sorrows of making a living with Perl.

In 2001, Ruth learned Perl as a way to wrangle the pipe-delimited output of a proprietary database tool. Since then, she’s never stopped learning new things from Perl, working in multiple open and closed-source communities using the language. In this humorous, nostalgic, and thought-provoking talk, we’ll explore some the best—and the worst—that Perl has to offer. She’ll show that Perl can continue to have a life far past the time when so many say it is “dead,” and explore how we as current practitioners of the language can help encourage and mentor a new generation of Perl users and maintainers.

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Ruth Holloway

Developer/Project Lead, Clearbuilt
Ruth has been writing Perl for 23 years, and attending Perl conferences for the last ten years, speaking at all but one of the in-person conferences. She is a big fan of DBIx::Class, Dancer2, and Agile programming without all the ceremonies. Ruth is a wife, writer, cook, full-time... Read More →

Wednesday June 22, 2022 9:45am - 10:50am CDT
Main Event 12426 Greenspoint Dr, Houston, TX 77060