David N. Blank-Edelman

David N. Blank-Edelman


Boston, Massachusetts

Areas of Expertise:

  • sysadmin
  • perl
  • system administration
  • network administration
  • security
  • creativity
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing
David N. Blank-Edelman is the Director of Technology at the Northeastern University College of Computer and Information Science and the author of the O'Reilly book Automating System Administration with Perl. He has spent the last 25 years as a system/network administrator in large multi- platform environments, including Brandeis University, Cambridge Technology Group, and the MIT Media Laboratory. He was the program chair of the LISA 2005 conference and one of the LISA 2006 Invited Talks co-chairs. He delights in finding how creativity can further the field as demonstrated in his off-the-beaten-path invited talks and tutorials at various conferences and speaking engagements.

Automating System Administration with Perl Automating System Administration with Perl
by David N. Blank-Edelman
Second Edition May 2009
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Perl for System Administration Perl for System Administration
by David N. Blank-Edelman
July 2000

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Bad eggs

May 26 2015

For decades, researchers have been trying to figure out how birds identify and reject the eggs that other birds, known as “brood parasites,” sometimes sneak into their nests. These rogue birds don’t build their own nests, they “dump and drive”—they … The post Bad eggs appeared first on Animals. read more

The state of augmented reality

May 26 2015

Attend O’Reilly’s Solid Conference, June 23–25, in San Francisco. Solid is our conference exploring how the collision of software and hardware is fueling the creation of a software-enhanced, networked physical world. Helen Papagiannis will speak at Solid on June 24. … read more

"This is one of those books that make me wish I had a time machine, so I could go back and give it to my past self. I think back to the hours and hours I spent gritting my teeth and picking through all sorts of documentation, whimper- ing, 'Why will nobody tell me just the basics of this stuff, nicely and clearly? Surely if I had a basic understanding and maybe an example, I could beat this to death with a Perl program smoothly and elegantly,' and I hope that the next person stuck in this situation has a copy of this book."
--Elizabeth Zwicky, ;login: The Usenix Magazine, October 2009