Randal L. Schwartz

merlyn@stonehenge.com

Portland, Oregon

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Biography

Randal L. Schwartz is a two-decade veteran of the software industry. He is skilled in software design, system administration, security, technical writing, and training. Randal has coauthored the "must-have" standards: Programming Perl, Learning Perl, Learning Perl for Win32 Systems, and Effective Perl Learning, and is a regular columnist for WebTechniques, PerformanceComputing, SysAdmin, and Linux magazines.

He is also a frequent contributor to the Perl newsgroups, and has moderated comp.lang.perl.announce since its inception. His offbeat humor and technical mastery have reached legendary proportions worldwide (but he probably started some of those legends himself). Randal's desire to give back to the Perl community inspired him to help create and provide initial funding for The Perl Institute. He is also a founding board member of the Perl Mongers (perl.org), the worldwide Perl grassroots advocacy organization. Since 1985, Randal has owned and operated Stonehenge Consulting Services, Inc. Randal can be reached for comment at merlyn@stonehenge.com or (503) 777-0095, and welcomes questions on Perl and other related topics.

Books

Learning Perl by brian d foy, Tom Phoenix, Randal L. Schwartz Seventh Edition October 2016
Mastering Perl by brian d foy, Randal L. Schwartz Second Edition January 2014
Learning Perl by Randal L. Schwartz, Tom Phoenix Third Edition July 2001

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Praise

Intermediate Perl is an excellent next step after “Learning Perl.” I’d go so far as to say that it’s a good workbook for long-time Perl programmers to use – go through the exercises at the back of each chapter and see if there’s some way you can improve your coding, or something you’re doing inefficiently. In the overwhelming sea of blue Perl books, this one provides a great set of exercises to take your development skills to the next level.”
— Kirsten Jones, Princess Polymath
“If you are wanting to take Perl to the next level, Intermediate Perl is a book you want in your library.”
— Amanda Tippit Chilson, inRandom
“This book, after you’ve gone through Learning Perl, should give a really good foundation for writing in object-oriented Perl.”
— Liz Henry, Composite
“It's a classic text for any Perl programmer and should be in any serious computer library interested in a guide that uses basic modern applications to teach the program.”
— James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review: The Bookwatch, October 2011, Volume 6, Number 10
“A great introduction--if you're starting out in Perl, you have to buy this book. ”
— Andy Hudson, Linux Format
“If you don't know the language and want to learn it, or if you know it briefly and want to improve your basic knowledge, this is the right book for you.”
— Nicola Gigante, The Cattle Grid
“As an occasional Perl programmer I was enthusiastic to read Intermediate Perl and I wasn't disappointed. ”
— Mike James, I Programmer
Learning Perl is a programming library's foundation title and a highly recommended pick: it covers all the basics of what most programmers use and need to get started with Perl, and offers up a fifth edition of a classic first published in 1993. ”
— James A. Cox, The Midwest Book Review - The Bookwatch
“I will have to say this book was a very good introduction into Perl (I still use it from time to time as a reference). It has really helped me in getting the basic syntax of Perl down. I would totally recommend this book to anyone that is wanting to begin the journey into programming with Perl.”
— Jonathan C. Otsuka, Kansas City Perl Mongers
“As with other O'Reilly books, Intermediate Perl teaches through examples. The book builds on similar problems throughout. The examples are quick and concise. Humor and Pop references throughout make parts of the book read like a good novel. If you've used Perl before, and are interested in more advanced concepts and efficient programming, look no further.”
— Michael Gimbel, Detroit Perl Mongers
“As with other O’Reilly books, Intermediate Perl teaches through examples. The book builds on similar problems throughout. The examples are quick and concise. Humor and Pop references throughout make parts of the book read like a good novel. If you’ve used Perl before, and are interested in more advanced concepts and efficient programming, look no further.”
— Michael Gimbel, Detroit Perl Mongers