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May 21, 1998
Perl Luminaries to Gather at O'Reilly's Perl Conference 2.0
SEBASTOPOL, CA--O'Reilly & Associates is presenting the Perl Conference 2.0 from August 17-20, 1998 at The Fairmont Hotel in San Jose, California. Perl Conference 2.0 features two days of intensive tutorial sessions followed by a two-day conference led by key Perl developers. Over 1000 Perl enthusiasts from around the world attended last year's inaugural Perl Conference, sharing ideas, learning new tricks, and building highly marketable programming and Web site management skills.

The Perl Conference 2.0 features:

  • Keynotes: Larry Wall, creator of Perl, expounds on the latest developments in Perl, including his current project-building XML processing into Perl; Tom Paquin of Netscape's talks about Netscape's release of Communicator source code in "Free Software Goes Mainstream."
  • Perl and Apache: A full track devoted to creating a high-performance Web site using Perl with the Apache Web server. Apache is the world's most widely used Web server.
  • Tutorials: In-depth sessions including "Introduction to Perl for Programmers," "The Gory Details: Making Your Web Site Secure," "Windows NT System Administration with Perl," and "Practical Web Programming".
  • "Guru-Is-In" sessions: Informal Q&A with leading Perl developers and trainers.
  • Conference sessions: Topics include "Perl and XML," "Using Perl 5.005, "Efficient Perl," "Perl and Windows," and "Where Perl, Apache and Java Meet."
  • Perl Developer's Workshop: An intensive, invitation-only all-day session on the organization and future direction of Perl, led by Larry Wall. Interested developers must submit a one-page position paper by July 1.
  • User Applications: Case studies highlighting innovative uses of Perl in real-world situations.

Perl Conference 2.0 is the premier gathering of key Perl developers and expert practitioners. Presenters include:

About Perl

A popular programming language for Web developers and system administrators, Perl is the tool of choice for building custom web applications and "gluing together" programs. Perl is the most widely used language for creating dynamic web pages. As Hassan Schroeder, Sun's first webmaster, remarked: "Perl is the duct tape of the Internet." For more information, see

Registration and Information

Information about and online registration for Perl Conference 2.0 is available online at

Press Registration

Members of the press can register for Perl Conference 2.0 at

About O'Reilly and Associates

O'Reilly & Associates is recognized worldwide for its definitive books on open source software, the Internet, programming, Windows NT and UNIX. From their pioneering bestseller The Whole Internet User's Guide & Catalog (the book that introduced the Internet to the public) to GNN (the first Internet portal and commercial website) to WebSite (the first web server software for desktop PCs), O'Reilly has been at the forefront of Internet development. Building on its expertise, O'Reilly has also produced award-winning Internet software and innovative web-based courses. The company's active support of open source software (a.k.a. free software) extends beyond its publishing program. O'Reilly has taken the lead in promoting and legitimizing open source software by hosting the April, 1998 Open Source Summit and producing the annual Perl Conference.
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