Cross has been working in the IT industry since 1988. Most of that time
has been spent manipulating data in some way. In 1995 he discovered the data
munging language par excellence - Perl - and since then he has used it
in most of his projects.
Dave is an active member of the Perl
community and is a regular poster to Perl discussion boards. In 1998, Dave founded
the London Perl Mongers group, the first Perl users' group outside the USA.
He is still the nominal leader of this group.
More recently, Dave has become a
Perl writer and trainer. He has written articles for The Perl Journal
and www.perl.com and was a regular columnist for PerlMonth. In January 2001,
his first book Data Munging with Perl was published by Manning. He is
a regular speaker at Perl conferences.