Speaker: Adam Turoff, Developer, ActiveState
Where: ActiveState HQ, 580 Granville St.
When: January 24, 2001 @ 6:30-7:30 pm
At the fourth Open Source Conference, the Perl developer community committed themselves to a long term project of reinventing Perl. The next major release, Perl6, is expected to be available after January 2002, and will be the community’s rewrite of Larry Wall’s very popular programming language. It is being designed from the ground up to support threads, Unicode, and modern programming practices, like Object Oriented Programming and Functional Programming. Perl6 will further push the envelope of making easy things easy and hard things possible. Just as Perl5 addressed extensibility issues that were found in Perl4, Perl6 is intended to become a “21st Century Perl” and address a few outstanding issues discovered with Perl5. One specific goal of this reengineering effort is to restructure the Perl developer community to be more accessible, more welcoming and more interesting to developers wishing to extend Perl into exciting new directions. In this respect, Perl6 may not be backward compatible with previous releases of Perl. A primary goal of Perl6 is to offer automated migration tools to translate old Perl code into Perl6 as accurately and painlessly as possible.
Adam Turoff, Perl Knowledge Manager A notable member of the Perl Community and co-founder of two Perl user groups, Adam comes to ActiveState from the United States and has been part of the ActiveState team since June 2000. Before joining ActiveState, Adam worked on numerous online publishing projects in the financial, real estate, training and database publishing sectors. He has worked with online services providers, both before and after the advent of the World Wide Web, where high availability and realtime updates were of the utmost importance. In the training industry, he was concerned with generating and maintaining large amounts of Web content in an easily deployable framework. Most recently, Adam has been involved with design and implementation of multi-gigabyte full-text search engines and repurposing legacy data into XML. When not hacking Perl or XML, Adam finds himself advocating Perl and other open source software. He can occasionally be found reading about the history of computing or acquiring ancient but noteworthy computers. Adam received his undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA.