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First Perl usenet post ever?

by jmerelo (Sexton)
on Dec 13, 2001 at 21:22 UTC ( #131666=perlmeditation: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

Hi, Now that the USENET archive is available online, I set down to find the first post that mentioned Perl. Many timelines mention it was posted to <ode>comp.sources </code> in late 1987; however, I haven't been able to find such post. The first post that does mention Perl is this one, by Daniel Faigin, in May 13, 1997, who talks about Larry Wall's 3-month old "child" called "Perl" (along with Aaron, Heidi, MetaConfigure...). The first post in the comp.sources hierarchy that does mention Perl, asking about it, is in this thread, and Larry answers "it's been in the queue for some time". After that, there are several patches posted to that newsgroup, and even an Amiga port as early as May. But not that first post... żDoes anybody have it? Probably comp.sources is not really archived by google; if so, can anybody post it? Is it online?

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Re: First Perl usenet post ever?
by legLess (Hermit) on Dec 13, 2001 at 23:17 UTC
    > Larry Wall's 3-month old "child" called "Perl" (along
    > with Aaron, Heidi, MetaConfigure...).

    MetaConfigure?? And I thought Frank Zappa was bad at naming his kids ...

    man with no legs, inc.
Re: First Perl usenet post ever?
by converter (Priest) on Dec 13, 2001 at 22:59 UTC

    I wonder if it has occurred to the folks at google that the "sort by date, oldest first" feature that offered was what made that huge archive so interesting in the first place.

    Without search results sorted by ascending posting date order it's not worth the effort if you're looking for an oldest or first post.

Re: First Perl usenet post ever?
by tune (Curate) on Dec 13, 2001 at 21:25 UTC
    You meant 1987, not 1997, right? :)


      Yep, 1987 right, sorry! Looks like I discovered the first post ever... in another thread, the first posts come from the beginning of 1988 Besides, Faigin is mentioned as office mate of Larry Wall in his perl story, so it rings true...
Re: First Perl usenet post ever?
by demerphq (Chancellor) on Dec 15, 2001 at 01:23 UTC
    Cool excellent post!

    BTW I hope I wasnt the only one who noticed this litte comment at the bottom:

    I wasn't going to add a "goto" except that the sed-to-perl translator needed one.
    --Larry Wall

    For interesting thoughts on the current state of Goto, have a look at Would you use 'goto' here?

    Anyway, thanks again.

    Yves / DeMerphq
    When to use Prototypes?

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