Perl loses contributor and colleague Iain Truskett
by Andy Lester
Iain Truskett, or Spoon, will be sorely missed by the Perl
December 29th, 2003 in his home in Canberra, Australia.
Iain was a tireless contributor to Perl. Along the way, he:
Wrote 15 Perl modules
Iain especially loved to automate the web.
- Created and maintained the Perl Books site.
- Contributed two hacks to
- Contributed numerous patches to Perl.
- Contributed many patches to my pet project, WWW::Mechanize
If it weren't for Iain, I'd still have that bug with the back() method.
Even more importantly, Iain was a great colleague. I never met
him, or even spoke to him except through email and IRC, but I feel
like he was a friend. He was always willing to help out when
possible, and at least discuss an idea when not.
One night, we were in IRC helping someone with a testing problem.
The problem was solved with a module that the person didn't know existed.
I said "We should get together a
list of all the Perl testing modules
and summarize what they do. Would you be willing to help out?" A
couple of hours later, he'd taken care of A-M, where it took me
days to finish up N-Z. Later, when I thanked him for jumping on
it so quickly, he confessed, "I was really just avoiding real
Farewell, Spoon. I wish I'd had a chance to meet you before you
left so soon. We'll miss you.
Any stories to share about Iain? Pictures? I've only ever seen one, and I can't find it on the web.
Besides writing some DateTime modules, he also contributed quite a bit to general discussion about the whole DateTime project. He will definitely be missed.
Spoon on #perl
Spoon was always online on the IRC channel #perl to help out, discuss things and just chat. #perl won't be the same without spoon. God bless.