chromatic

chromatic manages Onyx Neon Press, an independent publisher. His areas of expertise include agile software development, language design, and virtual machines for dynamic languages. He is also a published novelist. His books include The Art of Agile Development and Masterminds of Programming.

Masterminds of Programming Masterminds of Programming
by chromatic , Federico Biancuzzi
March 2009
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $23.99

The Art of Agile Development The Art of Agile Development
by chromatic , James Shore
October 2007
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

Perl Hacks Perl Hacks
by chromatic , Damian Conway, Curtis Poe
May 2006
Print: $29.99
Ebook: $23.99

Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook
by Ian Langworth, chromatic
July 2005
Print: $29.95
Ebook: $23.99

Extreme Programming Pocket Guide Extreme Programming Pocket Guide
by chromatic
July 2003
Print: $14.99
Ebook: $12.99

Running Weblogs with Slash Running Weblogs with Slash
by chromatic , Brian Aker, David Krieger
January 2002
Print: $39.99

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Bryan O'Sullivan on the Power of Haskell

January 16 2009

In 15 years, Haskell has gone from an academic, research-only language to a language usable for real world programs. Real World Haskell co-author Bryan O'Sullivan reflects on the changes in the language and its community when enable the rest of us to stretch our minds as we write software in… read more

John Goerzen on Why You Should Learn Haskell

January 16 2009

Haskell can be a mind-bending language to learn, if you come from a procedural/OO mindset. It's worth the work, according to Real World Haskell co-author John Goerzen. The concepts of purity, laziness, and type safety can help you write better software in whatever language you use. read more

CGI is Dead; mod_perlite is Alive!

January 15 2009

PHP's application deployment model is difficult to beat. Perl has lacked something similar for years -- until now. Byrne Reese and Aaron Stone address the gap between CGI and mod_perl with mod_perlite, one of the features Perl 5 needs most. read more

Transparent Tax Law

January 13 2009

Three ideas converged. Why aren't tax laws available online in easily reusable formats? read more

The Evolution of Python 3

January 10 2009

The Python core developers released Python 3.0 in December 2008, following closely behind Python 2.6. Python creator Guido van Rossum generously agreed to discuss the present and future of the popular programming language, as well as the history of the Python 3.0 revision. read more

Food, Technology, and Energy

January 06 2009

What are the true costs of getting fresh strawberries in Oregon in January? I don't know. Can we find out? read more

Data, Noise, and the Missing Internet Epistemology

December 19 2008

We have more data than ever before, but is there meaning in the noise? Maybe we need a new epistemology for the Internet. read more

What are Your Force Multipliers in Software Development?

December 12 2008

Programming language features and tools are obvious force multipliers for software developers. Development practices are less obvious. Here are some of my favorite productivity improvements. read more

Five Features Perl 5 Needs Now

December 10 2008

Perl is 21 years old and Perl 5 is 14 years old. The language has aged well, but there's room to improve. Here are five features which to make hard things easy and difficult things possible. read more

The RIA and the Polyglot VM

December 03 2008

The Adobe/Microsoft/Sun strategy for producing rich Internet applications can solve most of the problems in developing web applications -- at the cost of a huge step backward away from ubiquitous computing. read more

Artificial Complexity and Internet Applications

December 02 2008

Good programmers tend to be polyglot programmers. I'm not sure that good applications tend to be polyglot applications; perhaps the way we build Internet applications is hazardous in the long term. read more

Small Apps, Loosely-Joined Into Contextual Tasks

November 20 2008

I spend too much time telling my computer how to do things when I should be able to tell it what I want to do. Perhaps it's time for declarative UIs to replace our procedural UIs. read more

Beginners Introduction to Object-Oriented Programming with Perl

November 12 2008

Perl is a great language for processing text and automating tasks. It's also a fully-capable modern programming language, with effective modularization and object oriented capabilities. Though that sounds scary, they're easy to understand (and even easier to accomplish, through shiny modern tools such as Moose and Mouse). read more

How Techies Can Improve Democracy and Governance

October 30 2008

Silona Bonewald is an established technologist as well as an experienced political consultant who believes that well-designed and well-applied technology can improve communication, transparency, and governance in political systems -- and state legislators are listening. Here's how you can help her improve democracy. read more

How Linux Supports More Devices Than Any Other OS, Ever

October 29 2008

Greg-Kroah Hartman discusses why he believes the Linux kernel supports more devices than any other operating system ever has, why binary-only drivers are impractical, immoral, and illegal, and how the kernel development process contributes to the inevitable world domination of free software. read more

Announcing the 2008 O'Reilly Reader Survey

October 28 2008

We spend a lot of time updating our site, and we spend a lot of time agonizing over which book or article or course to feature where. Yet there's one question we need to ask regularly. How do you find what's most useful and interesting? read more

The Sine Qua Non of the Free Desktop

October 16 2008

Pundits of all kinds love to preach that the free desktop needs this feature or that software to succeed. They may be right for certain audiences, but they often miss the single essential feature which gives free desktops an amazing evolutionary edge. read more

What's the Appeal of the iPhone to Developers?

October 13 2008

Raven Zachary and Bill Dudney are co-chairs of the one-day iPhone Live conference in San Jose. O'Reilly News recently talked to them to answer the questions "What's interesting about the iPhone to developers?" and "What hints does the iPhone give to Apple's future plans?" read more

Does Hacking Closed Hardware Hinder Open Hardware?

October 08 2008

I'm profoundly uncomfortable purchasing devices which, by default, do not provide the freedoms I desire. I'm starting to believe it works against my desire for open, unencumbered hardware. read more

How PowerTOP, LatencyTOP, and Five-Second Boot Improve Desktop Linux

September 24 2008

Arjan van de Ven is a Linux kernel hacker and the author of PowerTOP and LatencyTOP. His goal is to fix problems in the Linux desktop to save power, respond more smoothly, and to run faster. This interview explains how. read more

Avoiding Downstream Eddies in Free Software

September 23 2008

Recent discussions about who contributes to the Linux ecosystem have singled out certain companies as freeriders. That almost makes, but misses a greater point: it's their responsibility to contribute to the health of upstream projects. read more

The Present and Future of Ruby and Rails

September 19 2008

Chad Fowler and Rich Kilmer discuss where Ruby and Rails have gone in the past year, whether RESTful composition obviates the need for ORM, what's interesting in the upcoming world of Ruby and Rails, and how Maglev, Rubinius, and other new Ruby implementations contribute to the world of dynamic languages. read more

No EULA for Mozilla Firefox

September 17 2008

Mitchell Baker of Mozilla reports that they have revised their decision to include a EULA-like notification in the Ubuntu GNU/Linux distribution. The debate over Mozilla's decision reveals two important debates in the free software world. read more

A Beginner's Introduction to Perl Web Programming

September 05 2008

Previous articles in this series showed how to use Perl for text processing and general purpose programming. Now it's time to demonstrate how to use Perl on the web. read more

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