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Mark Pilgrim
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| birth_place = | occupation = Apex, North Carolina>Apex, North Carolina, United States| nationality = | website = weblink" title=""> (archived)}}Mark Pilgrim is a software developer, writer, and advocate of free software. He authored a popular blog, and has written several books, including Dive into Python, a guide to the Python programming language published under the GNU Free Documentation License. Formerly an accessibility architect in the IBM Emerging Technologies Group,WEB,weblink IBM developerworks: Making emerging technologies accessible, 2007-03-22, he started working at Google in March 2007.WEB,weblink Two visions: Blog post at Mark's official site, 2007-03-19, 2007-03-22, yes,weblink" title="">weblink July 18, 2011, In 2018, he moved to Brave. WEB,weblink Learn About Brave and Our Team, 2018-11-23, 2018-11-23,

Early life

In 1992, while a sophomore of Cornell University and a part-time employee of a Cornell computer center, Pilgrim and another student, David Blumenthal, embedded a computer virus, "MBDF",BOOK,weblink Mac OS X Maximum Security, John, Ray, William, Ray, Sams Publishing, 2003, 2013-01-28, into three games that were transferred to an archive at Stanford University, causing disruption to computers internationally.NEWS,weblink 2 Charged In Computer Virus Case, 27 February 1992, Ralph, Vigoda, The Philadelphia Inquirer, 24 June 2018, The origin of the virus was traced,NEWS,weblink Accused Students Worked for Cornell, 26 February 1992, New York Times, 2013-01-28, and Pilgrim and Blumenthal were arrested on the misdemeanor charge of "second-degree computer tampering". The two students were found guilty, ordered to pay restitution to those affected and perform ten hours of community service every week for a year.BOOK, Morality and Machines: Perspectives on Computer Ethics, Stacey L., Edgar, 227, Jones & Bartlett Learning, 2003,weblink 2013-01-28,

Books and articles

Dive Into Python

Pilgrim's book Dive Into Python is a teach-by-example guide to the paradigms of programming in Python and modern software development techniques. It assumes some preexisting knowledge of programming, although not necessarily in Python. The first edition was published in 2004 ({{ISBN|1-59059-356-1}}), and a 2009 second edition ({{ISBN|9781430224150}}) covers Python 3. Both are available online as well as in print.WEB, Mark Pilgrim, 2000–2004, Dive Into Python: Python from novice to pro,weblink 1 October 2011, WEB, Mark Pilgrim, 2001–2009, Dive Into Python 3,weblink 1 October 2011, Much of the book consists of example programs with annotations and explanatory text, and it generally describes how to modify an example to serve new purposes. One early example program reads through a directory of MP3 files and lists the header information, such as artist, album, etc. Other topics covered include object oriented programming, documentation, unit testing, and accessing and parsing HTML and XML.

Other works

  • BOOK, Greasemonkey Hacks: Tips & Tools for Remixing the Web with Firefox, Mark, Pilgrim, 2005, 978-0596101657, O'Reilly,
  • Dive Into Accessibility, a free book on web accessibility, for web designers
  • weblink" title="">Dive into Greasemonkey, a free book on Greasemonkey.
  • Dive into HTML 5, a free book on HTML5
  • BOOK, HTML5: Up and Running, Mark, Pilgrim, 978-0596806026, 2010, O'Reilly,
Pilgrim has also written a monthly column Dive Into XML for O'Reilly's

Open source work

Pilgrim contributed to a number of open source works including Pilgrim was a vocal critic of Creative Commons licensing, which he believed needlessly cluttered the licensing environment of open source software.NEWS, Paul, Ryan, February 27, 2009, Want to waive copyright? Creative Commons has a tool for you,weblink Ars Technica, July 13, 2017,

"Disappearance" from the Internet

From 4 October 2011, Mark Pilgrim's various websites (, Dive Into HTML5, Dive Into Accessibility, Dive Into Greasemonkey, Dive Into Python, etc.) returned HTTP status 410 Gone.NEWS, G.F., October 10, 2011, Status Code 410: Gone,weblink The Economist, July 13, 2017, He also deleted his Twitter, Reddit, Google+ and GitHub accounts.Searching For Mark Pilgrim, Eric MeyerHacker News. On 5 October 2011 Jason Scott tweeted that Pilgrim himself was "alive/annoyed we called the police"."Mark Pilgrim is alive/annoyed we called the police. Please stand down and give the man privacy and space, and thanks everyone for caring." weblink Commenting on the event, a writer for The Economist wrote that the concern showed for Pilgrim's well-being demonstrated that "the internet, often mocked as impersonal and uncaring, can be quite the reverse."Both Pilgrim's actions in October 2011 and why the lucky stiff's similar disappearance in August 2009 have been described as "infosuicide".weblink" title="https:/-/">weblink, Christopher T. Miller"Mark Pilgrim, author of many 'Dive into ...' books and guides, has — as the saying now goes — 'committed infosuicide' [...]" Searching For Mark Pilgrim410 Gone - Thoughts on Mark "diveintomark" Pilgrim's and _why's infosuicides, Scott HanselmanThe incident was reminiscent of Pilgrim's 2004 hiatus from blogging, which lasted approximately 18 months. In 2004, rather than deleting his content, he posted a short entry entitled "Every Exit" in which he said, "It’s time for me to find a new hobby."weblink" title="">Every Exit, Mark Pilgrim (



External links

  • WEB,weblink Dive into Mark - Personal site,weblink" title="">weblink 2011-07-18, 2011-09-30
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