Friday, April 10, 2009

Vanity search

At work, we're evaluating Safari Books Online. I knew they offered more than only O'Reilly titles, so I hoped to find Scott Chacon's Git Internals. No dice.

Maybe in need of a pick-me-up after such a harsh letdown, I searched for my own name. In the results were books that I tech-edited (Perl Developer's Dictionary and SAMS Teach Yourself Perl in 24 Hours), O'Reilly books that have my work, and a few where I'm mentioned in the acknowledgements—Real World Haskell being of recent note.

I was surprised to see a hit in Perl Debugged by Peter Scott and Ed Wright. In Section 3.5, the authors gave a list of people whose code readers ought to emulate, e.g., Larry Wall, Gisle Aas (author of LWP), Tom Christiansen, Nat Torkington, Mark Jason Dominus (author of Higher-Order Perl), Chip Salzenberg, Gurusamy Sarathy, and—both last and least—your humble host!

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