January 9, 2001

Perl man Larry Wall to visit Cincinnati LUG

Author: JT Smith

Bradley M. Kuhn writes "The Cincinnati GNU/Linux Users Group, in conjunction with the University of
Cincinnati, is pleased to host Mr. Larry Wall, designer and original author
of the Perl programming language for an event entitled "An Evening with
Larry Wall". The event will be held at the University of Cincinnati's
Engineering Research Building (ERC) Auditorium, Room 427, at 8:00 P.M. on
Monday 22 January 2001. This event is open to the public and everyone is
welcome to attend."

"Larry Wall will speak about his extensive work on open source and free
software, and in particular, the Perl programming language. Perl is a
powerful programming language used by system administrators and software
developers for sophisticated text manipulation, system management, and
database interfacing. In 1999, The Perl Journal estimated that there are
approximately one million Perl programmers worldwide. Many popular web
sites, such as Yahoo! (NasdaqNM:YHOO), use Perl to generate dynamic content
for web users.

Mr. Wall first released Perl in 1987. In 1995, Mr. Wall released Perl
Version 5, which is now maintained and enhanced by a worldwide community of
open source and free software developers. In August 2000, Mr. Wall launched
the development of Perl, version 6, and he now heads the language design
team for that new version.

Mr. Wall received the Dr. Dobbs Journal Excellence in Programming Award in
March 1993. Mr. Wall received the first Free Software Foundation Award for
the Advancement of Free Software in October 1998. PC Magazine named Perl a
finalist for its 1998 Technical Excellence Award in the Development Tool

Mr. Wall is the primary author of a book on Perl, entitled "Programming
Perl". "Programming Perl" is in its third edition and is available in eight

The Cincinnati GNU/Linux Users Group is a local organization dedicated to
promoting the use of the GNU/Linux system and other free and open source
software. Founded in 1996, the group has been instrumental in supporting
local GNU/Linux users in Cincinnati.

The University of Cincinnati is a state-supported, research institution
located in southwest Ohio. UC includes a main academic campus often called
"West Campus," a medical campus known as "East Campus," a branch campus in
suburban Blue Ash, and a rural branch campus in Clermont County just east of

For more information regarding Larry Wall's visit or to schedule a press
interview, contact Bradley M. Kuhn via email at larry-visit@cglug.org or via
Jeff Gilton via phone at 513-899-2030. More information about the Perl
programming language is available at http://www.perl.org. More information
about the Cincinnati GNU/Linux Users Group is available at


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