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Flatterer

From an interview with Gregory Wilson where he talks about his recent book Data Crunching.

I was also inspired by David Cross’s excellent book “Data Munging with Perl“, which taught me most of what I know about how to actually use the language. If he’d written a cross-language version of that book, I probably wouldn’t have bothered writing mine.

On Writing

They say that if you want to be a writer then the important thing is to keep writing. And I’m certainly not going to disagree with them.

But I’ve been a bad writer recently and other than the witterings on this site I haven’t written anything for some considerable time. My last published works were two articles on perl.com almost a year ago. I seem to have spent most of the last year writing code rather than words.

So last night I decided to force myself to write something substantial. I spent a couple of hours working on a new article. And it all seemed to go very well. I’d forgotten how much fun it was to write. I got almost a thousand words written in that time. The article isn’t finished, but I hope to complete it by the end of the weekend, at which point I’ll put it on the web somewhere and post a link to it.

The best thing is that I’ve got ideas for a couple more articles too. So it looks like I’ll be spending quite a lot of the next couple of weeks writing. By the end of the month I’ll be complaining that I don’t spend enough time coding :)