The Perl Foundation
The Perl Foundation is dedicated to the advancement of the Perl programming language through open discussion, collaboration, design, and code. It coordinates the efforts of numerous grass-roots Perl-based groups, including: International Yet Another Perl Conferences; Carries the legal responsibility for Perl 5 and Perl 6; perl.org; Perl Mongers; PerlMonks.
Worldwide YAPC Events
|Yet Another Perl Conference: North America (YAPC::NA)||3rd-5th June, UT Thompson Center, Austin, TX|
|Yet Another Perl Conference: Europe (YAPC::EU)||12th - 14th August, Kiev, Ukraine|
|Yet Another Perl Conference: Asia (YAPC::Asia)||19th - 21st Septeber, Keio University Hiyoshi Campus, Tokyo|
|Yet Another Perl Conference: Russia (YAPC::Russia)||2013 Dates tba|
|Yet Another Perl Conference: Brasil (YAPC::Brasil)||2013 Dates tba|
Outreach Program for Women
We will be taking part in the current round of the Free and Open Source Outreach Program for Women. This successful program was started in 2006 by the GNOME Foundation to encourage women to participate in the FOSS community. This round of the program is open to women looking for internships between June and September of 2013. Full details of the eligibility requirements can be found on the program website.
We are looking for mentors and project ideas for the interns and also help with the coordination of this project. If you are interested in helping out in any way please contact karen at perlfoundation.org
At present we have the funding for one intern. If you or your company would be interested in sponsoring this project so that more interns could be funded please contact karen at perlfoundation.org
YAPC::NA Extends the call for speakers
The YAPC::NA organisers have announced they are moving the deadline for the call for speakers to the end of this month (March).
"YAPC loves to see new speakers. If you were considering a talk, but just haven’t gotten the right words down on paper to describe it, submit your talk anyway. If you’ve never spoken at YAPC and you’re nervous about the topic you want to do, say so in the comments section (only the organizers will see this) and we’ll try to get you the help you need to get it polished. This could include getting you with someone to help review your slides, or even finding someone who can help you with a talk walk through."
Happy Birthday Perl!
Today is Perl's 25th Anniversary. There is much that could be said regarding Perl's history and if you are interested in reading about that Mark has written a detailed post for our blog.
I would like to congratulate Larry Wall and to thank him for this gift and his inspiration. I would also like to congratulate all those who have contributed in any way to the development of Perl. It's been an amazing journey and I look forward to seeing where it takes us over the coming years.
You can help with a PhD students survey into Newcomer experience in open source.
If you have joined the Perl community within the last 2 years, we would like to invite you to complete this online survey. It is interested in hearing from people who are either technical or non-technical contributors, and who have had either positive or negative newcomer experiences.
The data you provide will help gain insights about the experience of newcomers within the Perl community. It will also be used to improve the survey before it is later administered to contributors from other FOSS projects.
Please consider filling this in and spreading the word about it. The survey can be found here, and should take no longer than 20 minutes of your time to complete.
I am proud to announce that the Perl Foundation Marketing Committee has three new members in the form of:
Torsten ‘Getty’ Raudssus
Jess ‘Castaway’ Robinson
Ian ‘IDN’ Norton
This is part of a continuing move to further the goals and aims of the committee and we hope to utilise the skills and talents of these people in the coming months.
TPF Conference Chair
The Perl Foundation would like to congratulate Heath Bair (Candybar) on his election to the position of YAPC (NA) Conference Chair.
Our previous chair, Josh, had served in this position for a number of years, but signalled at the start of this year that he would have to move on and allow someone else to take up the standard. Heath rose to the challenge.
Heath has already indicated that he will be building upon the work done by Josh and has some fresh ideas to further inspire a growing conference event. He is keen to utilise the skills of previous organisers and integrate the abilities of future staff.
The Perl Foundation would like to congratulate this year's winners of the prestigious White Camel awards for services to the Perl Community. This year the awards went to Renée Bäcker ($foo magazin, YAPC::EU::2012, German Perl Mongers); Breno G. de Oliveira (Perl SDK, YAPC::Brasil::2011) and Jim Keenan (NY.pm).
All three of whom have been active in their local communities and in the broader Perl world and have given years of silent service to furthering our world. Well done, well deserved.
Today is the last day of the YAPC::NA::2012 and we at the Perl Foundation would like to thank JT and his team for putting on an excellent event.
I am sure there will be a number of good blogs and social media reports about the event in the coming days/weeks and I look forward to reading them. In the meantime we look forward to the final day of this year's conference and to praising the organisers for a ground-breaking show.
The Perl Foundation and GSoC 2012
It is common knowledge that the Perl Foundation did not get accepted to this year's GSoC. The official line from Google was that we were rejected as they wanted to allow more 'new' organisations in and we were one of the older organisations that were cut. This unfortunately doesn't give us enough understanding of how we can improve our chances, or if it would be better to allow all the various projects to apply individually instead of under the tpf banner as this might improve their chances. We will be holding discussions on this in the coming year and will hopefully have a cohesive plan for next year.
In the meantime we will once again participate (if accepted!) in the GCi if/when announced, and have some plans for an alternative event to the GSoC based solely around Perl. We will keep you informed of future developments...
The Perl Foundation to attempt to participate in GSoC 2012
On the 4th February Google confirmed that there will once again be a Summer of Code in 2012. The Perl Foundation will once again attempt to participate as a mentoring organisation in this event. Please read Mark Keating's Perly Blog for more information. A general information page and Ideas Page can be found on the EPO wiki.
Please check back here to see changes, a new page under the sidebar Initiatives is being prepared and will soon be available. A new flyer is available to print out and distribute at basic-with-bleed-2012.pdf; [Press Releases] basic-home-office-2012.pdf; [Press Releases] GSoC-2012-2.pdf [Press Releases] GSoC-2012-2.pdf.
craigslist Charitable Fund Donates $100,000 to the Perl Foundation
We are pleased to announce that the craigslist Charitable Fund has donated $100,000 to support Perl5 and the Perl Foundation. craigslist CEO and former Perl Hacker Jim Buckmaster, said, “It was unclear at first how best to give something back to Perl. Fortunately there was more than one way to do it.” Karen Pauley, Perl Foundation President stated: “I am extremely grateful to craigslist Charitable Fund for this incredibly generous donation. What a fantastic way for The Perl Foundation to start 2012!”
For more information download the pdf of the press release: [Press Releases] tpf-craigslist-sponsorship.pdf, or the news item at http://news.perlfoundation.org/2012/01/craigslist-charitable-fund-don.html.
DC-Baltimore Perl Workshop
The DC Baltimore Perl Workshop will be held on the 14th April 2012 on the Campus of CCBC Catonsville.
The conference will feature two tracks, the first will be a traditional speakers track while the second will feature workshops and tutorials aimed at people new to Perl or wishing to refresh their skills.
Early registration is encouraged for the bargain price of $25 (USD), which will increase to $50 (USD) on the 1st February, students and the unemployed will be granted free admission. Speaker submissions are on a rolling basis so early submission is favourable.
Read more on the conference website at http://dcbpw.org/dcbpw2012
Perl.com Wants Your Articles!
Last year (2011), Perl.com came back to life, this time under the guidance of The Perl Foundation. We're glad to be back, publishing tips, tricks, and tutorials for novices, dabblers, and professionals alike!
We've already published some great articles, but we need your help. What cool things are you doing with Perl in your work? What clever hacks have you perpetuated as you play? Which module did you just now discover to save you time and frustration? What technique did someone show you to get your work done faster, with more simplicity and elegance?
Perl can do anything, and 2011 has demonstrated that Perl is bigger and better than ever. Well-established projects like Catalyst, Moose, Dancer, and Mojolicious increase the fun and decrease the boilerplate. New projects like Marpa, Plack, and Carton simplify our work. Yet there's always room to talk about old stalwarts—including new and long-forgotten features of Perl 5 itself.
This is our site, and it's exactly what we make of it. Let's show off a little bit. Send your article proposals and ideas to email@example.com, and let's make 2012 the best year for Perl yet.
Booking.com present further sponsorship for Perl5
It is with great pleasure that I can announce that Booking.com, the premier online hotel room reservation company, have given a donation of one hundred thousand Euros towards future development of Perl 5.
Karen Pauley and Jesse Vincent (the former Perl5 PumpKing) are attending a special event in Amsterdam where they will officially accept the sponsorship.
Booking.com have a long association of involvement in the Perl community and have supported its developments in many ways.
A special announcement and full press release will be available in due course.
For more information download the pdf of the press release: [Press Releases] Perl-5-booking-sponsorship.pdf, or the news item at http://news.perlfoundation.org/2012/01/bookingcom-sponsors-100000-to.html.
Perl Oasis 2012
The 2012 Perl Oasis with be held in Orlando, Florida on 13-15th January at the Four Points Sheraton, 5905 International Drive, FL3 2819.
Perl Oasis is a day long conference focusing on the practical applications of Perl, the conference is organised by the Orlando Perl Mongers with the duties formally handled by Chris Prather and Jamie Moorhead.
Google Code-in 2011
The Perl foundation has been accepted as a mentoring organisation for the Google Code-in 2011. We are now seeking students and mentors to participate in this event. Please make sure to spread the word and links to anyone you think might be interested, you can also download and distribute flyers which are available on the Press Releases section of the website and linked below.
There is a very short time period to involve yourself in this important initiative students need not be specifically from a computing background as there are eight areas of tasks and expert guidance available.
Please join the irc channel #gci on irc.perl.org to discuss this either as a mentor or as a student.
Press Releases[Press Releases] GCi-2011-basic-home-small-office-printer.pdf
[Press Releases] GCi-2011-basic.pdf
A new Jack o' Lantern*
With typical stylish aplomb and an adherence to timing we have come to admire the excellent Jesse Vincent passed on the reins (reigns)* and title of Pumpking on All Hallow's Eve, yesterday.
Jesse has served as Pumpking for two years and in that time we have seen a slew of releases and an adherence to development and deployment management that has earned great respect both within and outside of our community.
Jesse has spent some time discussing the change of Kingship with the incoming "new Jack"* Ricardo Signes (RJBS) and we in the community know that the title and duties are in good hands.
It is therefore with a great regret that we wave farewell to Jesse who stands tall with the other former Pumpkings and we hail our new Perl 5 Overlord, in just style I declare "the King is dead, long live the King".
- Apologies for my puns.
Google Code-in 2011 (GCi2011)
The Perl Foundation is aiming to participate as a mentoring organization in Google Code-in 2011! Our application must be prepared by 1st November 2011 and if we are successful this will be announced on 9th November 2011.
We would gratefully ask for your help by providing project ideas for this year's students as soon as possible so that we can gain acceptance onto this program. Tasks can be added after the 1st November but the more tasks we have by that date the more chance we have of succeeding as a mentoring organisation.
The program ideally suits small tasks that can be achieved within a few hours to a few days of work. The students will be at high school/college and be aged between 13 - 18 years.
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