Paul Barry lives and works in Carlow, Ireland, which is a small town of 35,000 people or so, located just over 80km southwest of the nation’s capital: Dublin.
Paul has a B.Sc. in Information Systems, as well as an M.Sc. in Computing. He also has a postgraduate qualification in Learning and Teaching.
Paul has worked at The Institute of Technology, Carlow since 1995, and lectured there since 1997. Prior to becoming involved in teaching, Paul spent a decade in the IT industry working in Ireland and Canada, with the majority of his work within a healthcare setting. Paul is married to Deirdre, and they have three children (two of whom are now in college).
The Python programming language (and its related technologies) has formed an integral part of Paul’s undergraduate courses since the 2007 academic year.
Paul is the author (or coauthor) of four other technical books: two on Python and two on Perl. In the past, he’s written a heap of material for Linux Journal Magazine, where he was a contributing editor.
Paul was raised in Belfast, Northern Ireland, which may go some of the way toward explaining his take on things as well as his funny accent (unless, of course, you’re also from “The North,” in which case Paul’s outlook and accent are perfectly normal).