My name is Brian Arnold, I live in the lovely state of New Mexico, in the largest city, named Albuquerque (of Bugs Bunny fame). I was born here Feb 1, 1979.
I got into computers during elementary school, but just for games and whatnot - in middle school I took a Logo class, and was hooked on programming. That teacher also helped me get my own PC really cheap, and from that little Epson 8086 I cranked out some fun stuff in a variant of BASIC.
During HS I got a real PC (Pentium 100, a whole gig HD!), and also got into the web. I took the time to learn HTML 3.2 and went nuts with an ugly as hell site, joined linkexchange, had a few thousand hits.
After graduation, my freshman year of college brought two interesting things into my life - C++ and Perl. I took a C++ course and fell in love with programming - before, I was going to teach math, now I want to program in the "real world" for awhile, then come back and teach on a collegiate level.
I also acted as mentor for an HS group doing a ThinkQuest project, which was a blast. They chose to do a site on dreams, and part of it needed a CGI. I bought a Sams book (ducks 'n' hides) on Perl 5, and gave it to my friend in the project to read. He learned some perl, showed me the odd $_ stuff going on, and I just wrote it off at the time, cause I was so hyped on C++.
After a few years of college and lots of C++ and other programming classes (Scheme, Lisp, ML, Prolog, Java) I got a real-world job (without my degree sadly), and moved out to Northern Virginia, about 20 minutes west of DC - good stuff.
Worked out there for a year in a Network Operations Center, and eventually moved up to website management for the NOC. I then learned the lovely language Perl at that time, as it was best for the CGI's I was doing. I quickly fell in love. I soon discovered that a few semi-co-workers were here in the forms of MZSanford and wookie.
I then realized that I need my degree, so I quit and moved back to New Mexico. I've now finished my BS in CS, and am now working on master's degree, also in CS. I'm now a web developer by trade, but have to work in ASP unfortunately - full MS shop here. I still use Perl to help me though - perl -pi.bak -e 's/this/that/g' *.asp gets ran quite frequently. :D
Since I capped out on my personal nodelet, I thought I'd just paste it into here. :)
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Question about properly laying out a database
perl-based server for use by CGI scripts.
Things are not what they seem like.
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Ways to Seperate Code from Content
Generic Database Help
Advice - storing data - which structure do you recommend? (details inside)
Subroutine reference in @INC
Faxing with perl
How did you learn Perl?
HP Jet Direct Control
Funniest Variable/Subroutine names
Modules for console applications
More on Web Application Frameworks
assume all vroom's godly powers
MP3 server with IO::Socket
Perl daemons and /etc/init.d scripts
Graphing in perl
The fine art of database programming
The path to mastery
Yoda Speak Translator
Simple Tk question: colour of drop-down menu
3-D Stereogram, Self replicating source.
Thoughts On Object-Oriented Module Design. Input Sought.
Sprite animation with SDL_perl
O'Reilly Perl and XML Book Available
Generating a Web Calendar
(Golf) Mandelbrot Fractal
The Dynamic Duo --or-- Holy Getopt::Long, Pod::UsageMan!
Re: Learning Emacs
(X)Emacs Skeletons and Auto-Insert
Vim configs (slightly OT)
proper untainting and use of ref
using CGI, DBI and HTML::Template (a mini tutorial with example code)
Outputting Text To Flash
3D Point Plotting
What's the best Perl IDE/editor?
japhy's Obfuscation Review
What shortcuts can I use for linking to other information?
Determine Windows Type or Version
Running Perl program w/root privs via cron
Automated software testing: emulation of interfaces using Test::MockObject
Improving the efficiency of this piece of code
Incrementing a Hash Value
Is for(@$array_ref) construct optimized? YES!
Extending MoveableType to support embedded Perl
Re: MX Lookups
How to make a CPAN Module Distribution
Simple Module Tutorial
Re: Calling a C API in a dll from Perl on Windows
Radiostorm song titles
df equivolent in Perl
Auto-scrolling scrollbars with Perl Tk
Pop quiz: find the bug
So you know Perl; but do you know programming?
Parsing with Perl 6
XPAddiction -- a new XP whoring tool
how to rename all files in a dir
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Puzzle: need a more general algorithm
Get visitor's screen size.
Choosing a data structure for AI applications
new XML module
On being a developer amongst non-developers
How bad it is to learn Perl?
Regular Expressions: Call for Examples
eMusic.com filename fixerupper
RMP-file music downloader (eMusic.com, mp3.com, etc)
AutoSurfer cures boredom
XML Resume Module design
Golfing on a quiet Friday afternoon...
flock() broken under FreeBSD?
daemonize a perl script on redhat linux 7.3
Object Oriented Programming in Perl.
The Perl Diamond
Multi-Threaded Elevator Simulator
CGI Colour Palette
m//g in list context
Triggering 'strict' from within a package
How much of Perl can be removed?
performance of huge array looping
AI::Perlog Unification help
Optimizing existing Perl code (in practise)
DBI quoting when I don't want it to
Do your homework!
Make Multi-tab Spreadsheet from CSV files
Computing Oracle date format from a date string
IO::Zlib with XML::Twig/XML::Parser::Expat
Parsing credit card track data
OO and <DATA>
Editor / IDE Consolidation
A SpamAssassin-Enabled POP3 Proxy
(AOL bot) Confuse the heck out of everyone you know!
Regular Expression Builder
Non-threading Telnet/Mud client
(OT) Interview questions -- your response?
Trying to solve N-Queens
Manipulating Images (height and width)
pure perl tail revisited
helping along $_
Coding while drunk
TWAIN Issues and Perl
REALLY Private Methods in perl: Is Perl Flexible enough to be made Inflexible?
How to run external win32 process in Perl/Tk
Viewing locally-served pages from the outside, while *inside*!
DBI question with placeholders and IN
Conway's Game of Life
"use lib" with low precedence?
Still puzzled by floats
robustly list any Perl code's module dependencies
Comparison, questions for Postgres, MySQL
Altering "Server" HTTP Header Param
CPAN authors, clean up your directories
Being a monk: why you'll love it, why you'll hate it
Choosing a database for a new project
Split loop error with perl 5.8
Ethics of Dealing with Evil
A format to "print" to variable?
Little Perl Mysteries: what's your answer?
Efficient run determination.
Convert RGB to an actual color
Das Email Blinkenlight
The Greatest Verse
XML log files
New Line at End File
Hire a Perl programmer and get a database guru free?
On Flyweights... (with sneaky segue to data modeling)
Don't Use Regular Expressions To Parse IP Addresses!
A more memory efficient storage structure?
Java is the machine that goes "Ping!"
BCD Clock built using only binary logic.
php to perl
Derivative Works and Perl Modules
Server wide spam stop with qmail
Apache::CVS::HTML + Perl::Tidy
how to avoid mis-spelling hash keys?
A few random questions from Learning Perl 3
My favorite looping mechanism in Perl is:
Sometimes it's in Void Context
Never be an expert Programmer
Tribute to Larry
Which Web Solution?
RDBMS 'Pretty' Schema
A few random questions from Learning Perl 3
Manipulating ZIP files in Perl
Use radio noise to make (non-critical) decisions...
Trickster Streaming Server