September, 2006 Archives

September 27, 2006

September 27, 2006 - Thanks Nick

This week the Perl community lost one of its long time contributors, Nick Ing-Simmons, who died of a heart attack on Monday September 25th 2006.

Nick joined the Perl community in the early days of Perl 5. He consistently contributed to the perl5-porters mailing list and later became pumpkin for 5.003_02 where he added the initial implementation of the PerlIO layer.

Nick is probably best known for his work on the Tk and Encode modules. Tk was initially born out of frustration that perl didn't have a native GUI at the time. Nick tirelessly developed Tk for over a decade. Tk often influenced the development of the perl internals through its aggressive use of XS.

Nick was an intelligent person with a willingness to share his knowledge to help others and one who had a great passion about everything he did.

Our deepest condolences go out to his long time partner, Medi, and all those close to him.

The Perl community owes a lot to Nick so I am sure many will join us in saying

"Thanks Nick"

This is indeed a great loss for the community. Nick was a really classy guy who always turned whatever he was working on into something positive for others. He leaves a lot of goodwill in his wake.


contributed by Ken Williams on September 28, 2006 4:29 AM

Too many good people are dying these days. God bless you Nick, may you rest in peace and eternal happiness. :(

contributed by Ollie on September 29, 2006 6:27 PM

When I was working with Perl/Tk, I came across Nick's comments on mailing lists frequently. His death is a loss for our community, a real tragedy. May Nick rest in peace.

contributed by Colin on September 30, 2006 6:00 AM

Dear citizens of the "programming republic of Perl",
it is with deep shock and dismayal that I just read about the death of the father of Perl::Tk. It was his Tk that saved my day(s) in that it gave me an employment just when I direly was in need of one...
I'm too sad to find anything more to say...
Steffen Beyer (Mr. Date::Calc, Bit::Vector, Data::Locations etc.)

contributed by Steffen Beyer on October 7, 2006 7:19 AM

I am a happy user of Nick's software, which makes my everyday working life easier - and no doubt Nick's work had the same effect for countless other programmers around the world. To my dismay, I learned about his death today over a bug report that he will never receive. Which just goes to demonstrate that we best understand the value of people and the contribution they bring to the world once it is too late to express gratitude. Shame on me, I make a living on free software as if it was a commodity, yet people like Nick are not usually part of my prayers. Now they will, at chapter "thanksgiving".

I am a non-native english speaker and I may not be able to express my mood as poetically as the previous poster, but this does not make my condolences to Medi and relatives any less sincere.

contributed by Dominique Quatravaux on October 26, 2006 10:56 AM

Mr Simmons contribution to the perl community was incredible.

Tk is an incredible Perl Module...It's one of the best modules that I have ever seen in the Perl community.

How fantastic applications with incredible GUIs can be developed using Tk....and thanks to Mr Simmons.

I hope that someone else continues keeping, maintaning and updating his great baby...Tk

My condolences to his family and our great perl community

contributed by daniel mazzini on November 16, 2006 5:35 PM

September 18, 2006

September 18, 2006 - Take back your modules

Mark Stosberg wrote a great article on perlmonks called ""Take Back Your Modules about the responsibilities module users have for the modules they use.

September 13, 2006

September 13, 2006 - A look at Ruby on Parrot

Pat Eyler pointed me to his interview with Kevin Tew of the Cardinal project. Cardinal is Ruby running on the Parrot virtual machine.

September 05, 2006

September 5, 2006 - Perl 5 powering Web 2.0

John Wang has a great blog entry titled Perl 5 Powering Web 2.0 that points at all the web apps out there that are done in good ol' Perl 5.

You don't have to have Rails to do amazing things with the web. You want frameworks, we got frameworks!

September 01, 2006

September 1, 2006 - Houston and Vienna for YAPCs Next Year

The Perl Foundation, in conjunction with the YAPC::Europe Foundation are happy to announce Houston and Vienna as the venues for next year's North American and European YAPCs.

The votes were close again this year for YAPC::NA and we had three excellent bids from Boston, Houston, and Philadelphia.

With the evaluations complete, the Perl Foundation's Conferences Committee has selected Houston, Texas, as the venue for YAPC::NA::2007. The proposal was a joint effort from members of and and was submitted by Jeremy Fluhmann. We hope for another great YAPC::NA in 2007, this time a lot further south. Congratulations to Houston! Details will be available in the coming months at the YAPC::NA website.

On the other side of the pond, Vienna faced tough competition from Lyon, France and Pisa, Italy.

The YEF committee are confident that's experienced team--which was responsible for several Austrian Perl Workshops--will put together a wonderful conference. The theme for the next YAPC::Europe will be 'Social Perl'.

I think I speak for both committees when I say we encourage the runner-up candidate groups to stay involved, help this year's group, and bid again next year. The Boston group has already demonstrated the great humor and cooperation that makes the international Perl community so special. It's about a lot more than just the code.

We hope to see you in Houston and Vienna next summer!

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