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PERLCOMMUNITY(1)       Perl Programmers Reference Guide       PERLCOMMUNITY(1)



NAME
       perlcommunity - a brief overview of the Perl community

DESCRIPTION
       This document aims to provide an overview of the vast perl community, which is far too large and diverse to
       provide a detailed listing. If any specific niche has been forgotten, it is not meant as an insult but an
       omission for the sake of brevity.

       The Perl community is as diverse as Perl, and there is a large amount of evidence that the Perl users apply
       TMTOWTDI to all endeavors, not just programming. From websites, to IRC, to mailing lists, there is more than
       one way to get involved in the community.

   Where to find the community
       There is a central directory for the Perl community: <http://perl.org>; maintained by the Perl Foundation
       (<http://www.perlfoundation.org/>;), which tracks and provides services for a variety of other community sites.

   Mailing lists and Newsgroups
       Perl runs on e-mail, there is no doubt about it. The Camel book was originally written mostly over e-mail and
       today Perl's development is co-ordinated through mailing lists. The largest repository of Perl mailing lists is
       located at <http://lists.perl.org>;.

       Most Perl-related projects set up mailing lists for both users and contributors. If you don't see a certain
       project listed at <http://lists.perl.org>;, check the particular website for that project.  Most mailing lists
       are archived at <http://nntp.perl.org/>;.

       There are also plenty of Perl related newsgroups located under "comp.lang.perl.*".

   IRC
       The Perl community has a rather large IRC presence. For starters, it has its own IRC network,
       <irc://irc.perl.org>;. General (not help-oriented) chat can be found at <irc://irc.perl.org/#perl>;. Many other
       more specific chats are also hosted on the network. Information about irc.perl.org is located on the network's
       website: <http://www.irc.perl.org>;. For a more help oriented #perl, check out <irc://irc.freenode.net/#perl>;.
       Perl 6 development also has a presence in <irc://irc.freenode.net/#perl6>;. Most Perl-related channels will be
       kind enough to point you in the right direction if you ask nicely.

       Any large IRC network (Dalnet, EFnet) is also likely to have a #perl channel, with varying activity levels.

   Websites
       Perl websites come in a variety of forms, but they fit into two large categories: forums and news websites.
       There are many Perl related websites, so only a few of the community's largest are mentioned here.

       News sites

       <http://perl.com/>;
           Run by O'Reilly Media (The publisher of the Camel Book among other Perl-related literature), perl.com
           provides current Perl news, articles, and resources for Perl developers as well as a directory of other
           useful websites.

       <http://use.perl.org/>;
           use Perl; provides a slashdot-style Perl news website covering all things Perl, from minutes of the
           meetings of the Perl 6 Design team to conference announcements with (ir)relevant discussion.

       Forums

       <http://www.perlmonks.org/>;
           PerlMonks is one of the largest Perl forums, and describes itself as "A place for individuals to polish,
           improve, and showcase their Perl skills." and "A community which allows everyone to grow and learn from
           each other."

   User Groups
       Many cities around the world have local Perl Mongers chapters. A Perl Mongers chapter is a local user group
       which typically holds regular in-person meetings, both social and technical; helps organize local conferences,
       workshops, and hackathons; and provides a mailing list or other continual contact method for its members to
       keep in touch.

       To find your local Perl Mongers (or PM as they're commonly abbreviated) group check the international Perl
       Mongers directory at <http://www.pm.org/>;.

   Workshops
       Perl workshops are, as the name might suggest, workshops where Perl is taught in a variety of ways. At the
       workshops, subjects range from a beginner's introduction (such as the Pittsburgh Perl Workshop's "Zero To
       Perl") to much more advanced subjects.

       There are several great resources for locating workshops: the websites mentioned above, the calendar mentioned
       below, and the YAPC Europe website, <http://www.yapceurope.org/>;, which is probably the best resource for
       European Perl events.

   Hackathons
       Hackathons are a very different kind of gathering where Perl hackers gather to do just that, hack nonstop for
       an extended (several day) period on a specific project or projects. Information about hackathons can be located
       in the same place as information about workshops as well as in <irc://irc.perl.org/#perl>;.

       If you have never been to a hackathon, here are a few basic things you need to know before attending: have a
       working laptop and know how to use it; check out the involved projects before hand; have the necessary version
       control client; and bring backup equipment (an extra LAN cable, additional power strips, etc.)  because someone
       will forget.

   Conventions
       Perl has two major annual conventions: The Perl Conference (now part of OSCON), put on by O'Reilly, and Yet
       Another Perl Conference or YAPC (pronounced yap-see), which is localized into several regional YAPCs (North
       America, Europe, Asia) in a stunning grassroots display by the Perl community. For more information about
       either conference, check out their respective web pages: OSCON <http://conferences.oreillynet.com/>;; YAPC
       <http://www.yapc.org>;.

       A relatively new conference franchise with a large Perl portion is the Open Source Developers Conference or
       OSDC. First held in Australia it has recently also spread to Israel. More information can be found at:
       <http://www.osdc.com.au/>; for Australia, and <http://www.osdc.org.il>; for Israel.

   Calendar of Perl Events
       The Perl Review, <http://www.theperlreview.com>; maintains a website and Google calendar
       (<http://www.theperlreview.com/community_calendar>;) for tracking workshops, hackathons, Perl Mongers meetings,
       and other events. Views of this calendar are at <http://www.perl.org/events.html>; and <http://www.yapc.org>;.

       Not every event or Perl Mongers group is on that calendar, so don't lose heart if you don't see yours posted.
       To have your event or group listed, contact brian d foy (brianATtheperlreview.com).

AUTHOR
       Edgar "Trizor" Bering <trizorATgmail.com>



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