June 4, 2003
O'Reilly Releases "Games, Diversions, and Perl Culture"
Sebastopol, CA--Games, Diversions, and Perl Culture" (O'Reilly, US
$39.95) is the third volume of the "Best of the Perl Journal." In its
first five years of existence, "The Perl Journal" (TPJ) became the
voice of the Perl community. Every serious Perl programmer subscribed
to it, and every notable Perl guru jumped at the opportunity to write
for it. TPJ explained critical Perl topics and demonstrated Perl's
utility for fields as diverse as astronomy, biology, economics, AI, and
games. Back issues were hoarded, or swapped like trading cards. No
longer in print format, "The Perl Journal" remains a proud and timeless
achievement of Perl during one of its most exciting periods of
Compiled and re-edited by the original editor and publisher of "The
Perl Journal," Jon Orwant, "Games, Diversion, and Perl Culture" focuses
on entertaining topics that make Perl users such fanatics about the
language. The book includes all of the playful features TPJ offered
over the years, including the Obfuscated Perl Contests, Perl Quiz
shows, and poetry. Readers will also find articles on astronomy,
bioinformatics, natural language processing, home automation, Braille,
voting methods, and, of course, games.
Perl isn't just a programming language; it's also a community. Perl
programmers aren't just programmers, but pride themselves on being
musicians, scientists, poets, and linguists. As a result, "The Perl
Journal" became a forum not only for sharing professional programming
techniques, but also for inspiring readers to combine their programming
and extracurricular interests. In this book, Perl programmers showcase
their ingenuity by combining Perl with other endeavors.
Written by Perl gurus such as Larry Wall, Damian Conway, Sean Burke,
and Lincoln Stein--just to name a few--the articles in this book show
Perl at its quirkiest and its most inspired. This book shows how
programmers have fun with Perl.
Of the three volumes of the "Best of the Perl Journal," this is
arguably the most useless. It's also the most entertaining, and the one
that best captures the spirit of Perl.
Games, Diversions, and Perl Culture: Best of the Perl Journal
Edited by John Orwant
ISBN 0-596-00312-9, 569 pages, $39.95 (US), $61.95 (CAN)
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