Programming Parrot in a Nutshell
About the Authors
Guido van Rossum is the creator of Python, one of the major free
scripting languages (although he actually despises the word scripting
and prefers to refer to Python as a very high level language). He created
Python in the early 1990s at CWI in Amsterdam (the National Research Institute
for Mathematics and Computer Science in the Netherlands). He is still
actively involved in the development of the language.
In 1995 he moved to the US where he now lives and works in Reston,
Virginia; originally for CNRI as a
researcher, then in a brief unsuccessful stint for start-up BeOpen.com, and
now for Digital Creations as Director of
PythonLabs, the core Python development group hosted by the same company.
His home page on the web is http://www.python.org/~guido/.
Larry Wall is the inventor of Perl. He has also
authored some other popular free programs available for Unix,
including the rn news reader and the ubiquitous patch program.
By training, Larry is actually a linguist, having
wandered about both U.C. Berkeley and U.C.L.A. as a grad student.
Over the course of years, he has spent time at Unisys, JPL, NetLabs,
and Seagate, playing with everything from discrete event simulators to
network-management systems, with the occasional spacecraft thrown in. It
was at Unisys, while Larry was trying to glue together a bicoastal configuration
management system over a 1200 baud encrypted link using a hacked-over
version of Netnews, that Perl was born. Larry currently works
for O'Reilly & Associates.