Throwing in the towel

A little over two years ago, I accepted the Perl Iron Man challenge. I found the challenge inspirational, and did a lot more blogging about projects I was working on than I would have otherwise. Hopefully, those who read my posts found them helpful, or at least interesting enough for the time it took to read them.

However, as I reflect on the doubling of my parental responsibilities and a pending shift to more entrepreneurial employment, I've decided to throw in the towel on Iron Man. I plan to keep blogging, but probably not at the pace I've been, nor always about Perl. I have new challenges in front of me and new projects in mind to tackle them. Of course, when they involve Perl, i'll be sure to mention it.

Stay tuned...

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  1. never forget us
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 6:55 am | Permalink

    please, don't forget Perl
    Good luck!

    • Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

      I'm definitely not leaving Perl -- Perl will be behind the scenes for other things I'm doing that I'll be writing about.

  2. Posted May 22, 2011 at 7:12 am | Permalink

    Thanks for a terrific blog! I especially enjoyed hearing about 5.14 things like lazy file handles, array and hash functions on references, and HTTP::Tiny while they were still being developed in 5.13. I look forward to future postings, however often you decide to make them!

    • Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:32 pm | Permalink

      I'm glad you enjoyed it. Writing about projects was a fun way for me to document progress.

  3. apet
    Posted May 22, 2011 at 12:49 pm | Permalink

    I don't see why you need to be so dramatic. Throwing in the towel is not the same thing as backing away from the iron man challenge level of intensity. Perhaps the challenge has achievedits ends, and it needs to change.

    • Posted May 22, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

      That's true. Weekly blogging has been a good habit. I still plan to blog a couple times a month, but I think the topics will expand from just Perl.

  4. Posted May 24, 2011 at 4:07 am | Permalink

    It would be interesting to see how the original goals of the Iron Man Challenge made any difference. When I search for perl on google now most of the results seem reasonable to me:

    1. - The Perl Programming Language at Links and other helpful resources for new and experienced Perl programmers.

    2. - Instructions on downloading a Perl interpreter for your computer platform.

    3. - Core documentation for the current version of Perl, in HTML and PDF formats

    4. - Perl is a high-level, general-purpose, interpreted, dynamic programming language. Perl was originally developed by Larry Wall in 1987 as a general-purpose ...

    5. - ActiveState has the world's best Perl distibution, Perl solutions and tools to make your Perl development a success.

    6. - 4 Apr 2011 ... News site run by O'Reilly. Contains documentation, weekly articles, Perl development summaries, blogs, and links to a variety of resources.

    7. - The Perl Archive Network, the gateway to all things Perl. The canonical location for Perl code and modules.

    8. - Please note: This tutorial was written in the early 1990's for version 4 of Perl. Although it is now significantly out of date, it was a popular source of ...

    9. - This web document is a re-organized version of the "perl.1" man page for PERL version 4. (I will not be producing a revised version for Perl5. ...

    10. - A little over two years ago, I accepted the Perl Iron Man challenge. I found the challenge inspirational, and did a lot more blogging about projects I was ...

    So apart from a really old tutorial on Perl 4 and and Perl 4 man pages it is not that bad. I cannot remember exactly what it was like when we started.

    Of course if you search for perl in the blogs section of google you get a lot of very good pages.

    Personally, I've looked at the perl blogs aggregators regularly and learned a lot from many of them.