Dave Cross


London, England

Perl and database programmer, trainer and writer

Areas of Expertise:

  • Perl
  • Linux
  • Unix
  • Databases
  • Apache
  • SQL
  • XML
  • Movable Type
  • Javascript
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • programming
  • training
  • writing

Dave Cross is the owner of Magnum Solutions Ltd., a London-based Perl and Open Source Consultancy, and is also the author of the well-respected Data Munging with Perl and a co-author of Perl Template Toolkit.

Dave is active in the Perl community. He founded the London Perl Mongers in 1998 and for several years was the Perl Mongers International Group Co-Ordinator for the Perl Foundation. Dave is a regular speaker at Perl and Open Source conferences.

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Week Notes 49 & 50

December 16 2012

Another fortnightly “week notes”. This will probably be the last one of the year as I’ll be on holiday for the next two weeks. I’ll try to do a final round-up when I get back early in January. Blogging I wrote a blog post. It was about equal marriage. People… read more

OK Computer

December 09 2012

Attempting to get less behind on the classic albums… The next one is Radiohead’s OK Computer. Some Historical Context Like REM, I don’t really remember when I first heard Radiohead. I expect I was aware of things like “High and Dry” and “Creep” when they were released as I’m sure… read more

Equal Marriage

December 09 2012

Over the last few days there has been a fair amount of heat and light coming out of the Tory party, generated by the discussion about equal marriage (or, as the tabloids like to describe it, “gay marriage”). We’ve know for ages that David Cameron is in favour of it… read more


December 09 2012

It seems that somehow I’ve got four weeks behind on the classic album write-ups. I’ll try to get through at least a couple today. The first one is REM’s Green. Some Historical Context I don’t remember when I first heard REM. I remember being aware of Document but I’m not… read more

Week Notes 47 & 48

December 02 2012

As the year draws to an end I seem to have settled into a rhythm of fortnightly “week notes”. I’ll try to do better next year. Blogging One classic album review here(I’m now three albums behind on that!). But I’ve written four blog posts over on my Perl blog. Health… read more

The Joshua Tree

November 18 2012

Last week’s classic album (I’m still a week behind) was U2′s Joshua Tree. Some Historical Context I don’t remember listening really early U2. I remember liking New Years Day when it came out. But then Under a Blood Red Sky was released and everyone played it all the bloody time.… read more

Week Notes 45 & 46

November 18 2012

Blogging Surprised at how quickly those last two weeks passed. But pleasantly surprised to see I’ve managed two blog posts in that time – even if they were both classic albums. Health Still not losing any weight. But that’s not really surprising as I’m not doing anywhere near as much… read more

Songs of Faith and Devotion

November 04 2012

I’m running a couple of weeks behind on classic albums again. Today I’m catching up by listening to Depeche Mode’s 1993 album Songs of Faith and Devotion. Some Historical Context Depeche Mode are very much my era. Their first singles came out in 1980 – when I was eighteen. But… read more

Week Notes 43 & 44

November 04 2012

Blogging I managed two blog posts this week. One on MPs’ web sites and one on the Daily Mail’s paedophiliac tendencies. Health My weight has stuck on a bit of a plateau for the last few weeks. It’s oscillating around a point a couple of pounds heavier than the lightest… read more


November 03 2012

We’re in the middle of one of the biggest paedophile scandals that this country has ever seen. And yet, the Daily Mail still thinks that it’s appropriate to report on Elle Fanning‘s Halloween costume with the headline Lady Liberty! Teenager Elle Fanning shows off her womanly curves as she pays… read more

MPs’ Web Sites

October 28 2012

When I set up Planet Westminster in 2006 I thought it would be a relatively simple project to maintain. Over the years, more and more MPs would start blogs. Every couple of months I’d add the new ones and everything would be great. It hasn’t worked out like that at… read more

Week Notes 41 & 42

October 21 2012

Blogging All we have to show for the last two week’s is yesterday’s classic album post. And I only write that because I was feeling guilty about not having written anything else. Health Massive failures on this front too. I’m currently about two and a half pounds heavier that the… read more

Let It Bleed

October 20 2012

This week’s (ok, it’s actually from a couple of weeks ago – I’m catching up) is the Rolling Stones’ Let it Bleed. Some Historical Context My earliest memories of popular music are from the late 1960s. It was a time when the Beatles dominated. But the Stones were the only… read more

Week Notes 39 & 40

October 07 2012

Blogging Another fortnight of limited blogging. The sum total is two classic album posts and a rant about woo-mongers. Wasted Inches came to an end about a week ago. I’ve now republished all of the stories that I originally published back in 2002. Health Still not running. Still losing weight… read more

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