Brief Bio[]

Managing editor of O'Reilly News, author of several books about software (and one novel without giant robots). Longtime Free Software contributor to projects including Perl 1, Perl 5, Perl 6, and, recently, the Parrot virtual machine.


  • very low threshold of annoyance
  • large vocabulary
  • extreme stubbornness in the face of piles of makeshift cross-platform C code with memory management bugs
  • cool-sounding pen name

What I Hope To Learn at FOSSCoach[]

What I Hope To Share at FOSSCoach[]


Projects rarely fail overnight. Failure occurs in small steps, tiny stages, day after week after month.

You can rescue a project headed for impending doom, if you learn to pay attention to details which presage failure -- and if you know how to reverse them.