Programming is Hard, Let's Go Scripting... (7 tags)
Larry Wall's annual State of the Onion describes the state of Perl, the language and the community. In his 11th address, he discussed the past, present, and future of scripting languages, including the several dimensions of design decisions important to the development of Perl 6.
Build Your Own AIM Answerbot (4 tags)
The easiest way to solve a thorny problem is to ask a guru... yet when you don't have access to a resident expert just across the office, what can you do? IRC bots solve this problem -- if you have access to IRC. Robert Treat redeployed that idea within his company across AIM with a bit of Perl, a database full of answers, and a couple of hours of time.
The Long View of Identity (4 tags)
Who are you online? Your digital identity is a complex bundle of information--not just what you say about yourself, but what other people say about you and how trustworthy they are. O'Reilly editor Andy Oram recently attended the Identity Mashup conference at Harvard Law's Berkman Center and reports on one of the most vital issues of privacy and usability on the internet.
Data Munging with Sprog (3 tags)
Sprog is a graphical programming environment written in Perl, programmable by connecting components visually and setting their properties. Sure, you've heard that promise before--but Grant McLean demonstrates how to retrieve and munge tabular data from a web page into LDIF files without writing a lick of code.
Piracy is Progressive Taxation, and Other Thoughts on the Evolution of Online Distribution (3 tags)
As he follows the business world of movies and music, Tim O'Reilly draws upon his own publishing experience and comments on the current controversy over digital file sharing.