Larry Wall (1954- )
Linguist, computer scientist, and evangelical leader of the Perl community. Born in Los Angeles, Wall studied chemistry and music at Seattle Pacific University but ended up graduating with a joint linguistics and computer science degree. He and his wife Gloria continued studying linguistics in California, intending to go to Africa as missionaries. Wall’s allergies prevented that, and in 1986 he developed the programming language Perl, infused with his understanding of human languages. Released as free code, Perl became a hugely successful language, riding and encouraging the success of Unix, the Internet, and the World Wide Web. Its success is due to Wall’s nurturing of the societal aspects of the software, deliberately fostering an identifiable Perl community.
- Programming Perl (1991)
- The First State of the Perl Onion (1997)
- The Second State of the Perl Onion (1998)
- The Third State of the Perl Onion (1999)