chromatic is a writer and free software programmer best known for his work in the Perl programming language. He resides in Hillsboro, Oregon, United States. He is the author of Extreme Programming Pocket Guide, a co-author of Perl Testing: A Developer's Notebook, the lead author of Perl Hacks, and an uncredited contributor to The Art of Agile Development. He has a music degree. He has contributed to CPAN, Perl 5, Perl 6, and Parrot.
In 2009, he founded Modern Perl Books, in part to revitalize the world of Perl and to publish materials that other publishers had neglected.
In 2010, he released the book Modern Perl in print and in electronic form, with the latter redistributable freely (though with a suggested donation). An updated edition was released in 2012, with the entire text online.
^Shane Warden and Jim Shore (July 2008). On the Art of Agile Development (YouTube video). OSCON 2008. Portland, OR: O'Reilly Media. Event occurs at 3:15. "I have a degree in music. The day I graduated I said, 'I like to eat and I don't want to be living in a van the rest of my life so I am going to go find something else to do.'"