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friedman at highwire.stanford.edu
Job/Position: System Software Developer for HighWire Press, a division of the Stanford University Libraries
Perl Experience: 8 years
Perl Strengths: SGML Parsing, Object Oriented Perl, Automated Testing, Extreme Programming
Hobbies/Interests: My 1 year old daughter! Ask to see pictures.

In the spirit of introductions, I'm Mike Friedman, the red-headed guy who showed up to most of the meetings until his baby was born ( August 2005). I live in Tempe, but am usually willing to drive to meetings. I am one of the lucky few who gets to write perl code all day at work, where I designed and maintain (with help) a huge perl installation with hundreds of Objects to handle putting scientific and medical journal articles onto the web.

My interests lie in 'getting things done' with Perl, but I try to keep up when Scott starts explaining Perl internals and I find architecture questions really interesting. I *love* Perl's object model and use it to great advantage when I can, including using multiple inheritance (gasp!). I think automated testing is the best thing ever. I also do Java programming and have been a long-time Macintosh fan/evangelist. Outside of computing, I have a one-year-old daughter who takes up all my free time. :-)

I used to attend every Perlmongers meeting, until I moved back to California. My wife, who teaches at ASU, won a prestigious fellowship to do research at UC Santa Cruz in 2005-2006, so we are currently living in the Bay Area, between my job at Stanford and hers at UCSC. We expect to be back in AZ in August 2006, a.k.a. as *late* in the summer as possible. :-) So, unfortunately, I can't attend any meetings for a while.

I really enjoy Phoenix.pm, so I have stayed on the mailing list even though I am in CA. (There's no PerlMongers group in the Bay Area anyway. They're all defunct. Who'd have thought Silicon Valley wouldn't have a PerlMongers??)

I'm looking forward to seeing y'all in August!

-- Mike

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