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Giving Thanks

by dws (Chancellor)
on Nov 28, 2002 at 18:22 UTC ( #216361=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

In the U.S., today is Thanksgiving, a holiday in which we traditionally* give thanks** for the blessings we have received during the previous year.

It is fitting, therefore, to pause to give thanks for the blessings that the Perl community has bestowed upon us, or that we've bestowed on one another during the previous year.

While you ponder your list, here's mine:

  • vroom and pmdev, for keeping the Monastery running (and the editors for keeping the streets swept).
  • pudge, for
  • Jarkko, for
  • Various anonymous people at ActiveState, for making Perl available to those condemned to live in Win32-land.
  • merlyn, for keeping a large archive of columns on-line. Many of them are even useful. {grin}
  • blakem, for stepping up to revive the Silicon Valley Perl Mongers.
  •, for providing the wireless at my favorite coffee shop.
  • All of the people who chip in to make XML more usable.
  • My wife, for enduring my late night hack fests.
  • My last three jobs, for giving me motivation to take several months off to relax and recover.

What are you thankful for?

*Except that the day has been moved several times.
**And eat a lot of turkey and pumpkin pie, and watch (American) football.

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Re: Giving Thanks
by vek (Prior) on Nov 28, 2002 at 22:22 UTC
    A huge thanks to those that have made my job much easier. Right off the top of my head: Last but not least, a huge thanks to a former co-worker of mine, Shelly Shaw, who got me interested in this whole Perl thing in the first place :-)

    -- vek --
Re: Giving Thanks
by rozallin (Curate) on Nov 28, 2002 at 20:40 UTC
    First of all I'd like to wish everymonk a Happy Thanksgiving. :-) *passes round the tofurkey*

    I would like to take the opportunity to thank everyone here in the Perl Community and at PerlMonks, not just for freely sharing each other's knowledge of the Perl language and helping with people's problems, but for having a real community spirit.

    The fact that we can build a community based on a shared interest that spans across continents, with such a variety of different people from all sorts of occupations, religions, and walks of life, means that there is hope for the human race yet, in spite of recent world events.

    And on a more personal note I'd like to thank everyone for giving support through goodwill and humour to me when times have been difficult, and for your patience when I start filling up the CB with my personal problems and angst. It may not seem much but a *hugs* sent across the telephone wires can bring a lot of comfort.

    I only hope that I can follow the same examples that I have seen in the few months that I have been here, and that I will be as helpful in PerlMonks as some of you have been to me.

    -- rozallin
    The Webmistress who doesn't hesitate to use strict;

Re: Giving Thanks
by Revelation (Deacon) on Nov 28, 2002 at 19:23 UTC
    Larry For Perl.
    Carlos for .
    My family for being the best.
    The ladies for being the best (if you know what I mean... ;) ).
    God for the way devine providence has taken me in my life.

    Gyan Kapur
      If the fourth line is true, then why do you include a "Give me some love!" button on your user node? Did you always have that button, because if you didn't, I definitely think you should see these ladies again. (I thought the button was a little out of place, needless to say.) Have you by any chance read "Genomic Perl"? If you haven't, do you know anyone on this site who specializes in scientific uses of the language? I'm trying to write a primer on Perl's applications to electrodynamics, but I haven't found a single node (so far) that deals even remotely with science (other than the one concerning "Genomic Perl.") -100104
Re: Giving Thanks
by scain (Curate) on Nov 29, 2002 at 03:05 UTC
    I am thankful for so many things this day that it is hard to count. I'll try the top few:
    • That I now have a job (after a six month layoff)
    • That I get to use Perl in my new job
    • That my daughter, Madison, survived a very serious head injury with no ill effects (for more info on that see my home node or
    Happy Thanksgiving to all.

    Project coordinator of the Generic Model Organism Database Project

Re: Giving Thanks
by Courage (Parson) on Nov 28, 2002 at 22:40 UTC
    I am very thankful to Jarkko
    • as pumpking, for his huge ammount of efforts for making perl-5.8.0 release
    • as human, he listens for others really carefully
    Also I am very thankful to Rainer Keuchel for his efforts for WinCE porting, for now I have Perl in my pocket and can use it even at very unexpected locations.

    Also I am very thankful to Nick Ing-Simmons for Perl::Tk module.

    And at last I am thankful to entire p5p community to keep such a beautiful creation even more evolving...

    Courage, the Cowardly Dog

Re: Giving Thanks
by TStanley (Canon) on Nov 29, 2002 at 00:44 UTC
    1. vroom for Perl Monks
    2. Larry Wall for Perl

    And for my non-perl items...
    • Being released from active duty, so I could spend it with my family

    It is God's job to forgive Osama Bin Laden. It is our job to arrange the meeting -- General Norman Schwartzkopf
Re: Giving Thanks
by Jenda (Abbot) on Nov 29, 2002 at 13:49 UTC

    The best way to say "thanks" is to publish a module, send a patch or help someone with HIS/HER problem. That's what I felt I should do to really thank for all the power of Perl, all the help and all the modules.

    I don't like people who just say thanks and continue on their merry way. People who are nowhere to be found when YOU need some help. Don't say thanks, do something!


    P.S.: If you are reading this then it's very likely that you are not one of those I dislike ;-)

    P.P.S.: This node doesn't help anyone with anything, it was not hard to write, I did not put any thought into it. It doesn't deserve to be upvoted.

      That reminds me of the "paying forward" concept. I think I first saw that mentioned on BIX (the Byte Information eXchange - the BBS that Byte magazine ran) back in the mid-late 80s, and I remember it being originally attributed to Robert A. Heinlen (the SF author).

      Having used a ton of free software over the years (starting with gcc in 1989) I feel it's only natural for me to try to be thankful for all that by helping others in areas where I have expertise, and publishing a few perl modules that others will hopefully find useful :-)

      Still - I guess a special thanks is due to Larry - because without him we wouldn't be here!


        Actually paying forward is what I try to do if I come somewhere new. I couldn't stand being seen as a clueless newbie so I always try to learn at least he very basics and answer a few "stupid" questions, before I actually ask.

        I don't know what would my psychiatrist say to this (should ask her sometime), but I simply can't come somewhere and start screaming for help.


        P.S.: Maybe that's why I'm skipping the areas of life that miss a useable manual :-}

Re: Giving Thanks
by PodMaster (Abbot) on Nov 29, 2002 at 18:20 UTC
    I'd like to thank Mattia Barbone for wxPerl and diotalevi for HWX (among other things). And of course all the monks for their continued patience ;)

    Lastly i'd like to thank Roman Rolinsky for XRCed -- i'm never writing Wx code without it again , even if it is written in python ;D

    update: I'd also like to thank the authors of wxGlade ;)

    MJD says you can't just make shit up and expect the computer to know what you mean, retardo!
    ** The Third rule of perl club is a statement of fact: pod is sexy.

Re: Giving Thanks
by logan (Curate) on Nov 29, 2002 at 20:41 UTC

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