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perlcommunity - a brief overview of the Perl community


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Perl Programmers Reference Guide                 PERLCOMMUNITY(1)

     perlcommunity - a brief overview of the Perl community

     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

     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:
     <> maintained by the Perl Foundation
     (<>), 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

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

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

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

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

     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

         Run by O'Reilly Media (The publisher of the Camel Book
         among other Perl-related literature), provides
         current Perl news, articles, and resources for Perl
         developers as well as a directory of other useful

         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.


         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 <>.

     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.

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     There are several great resources for locating workshops:
     the websites mentioned above, the calendar mentioned below,
     and the YAPC Europe website, <>,
     which is probably the best resource for European Perl

     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

     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.

     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
     <>; YAPC

     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 and France. More information can be found at:
     <> for Australia,
     <> for Israel, and
     <> for France.

  Calendar of Perl Events
     The Perl Review, <> maintains a
     website and Google calendar
     (<>) for
     tracking workshops, hackathons, Perl Mongers meetings, and
     other events. Views of this calendar are at
     <> and <>.

     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

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     Edgar "Trizor" Bering <>

     See attributes(5) for descriptions of the following

     |Availability   | runtime/perl-512 |
     |Stability      | Uncommitted      |
     This software was built from source available at  The original
     community source was downloaded from

     Further information about this software can be found on the
     open source community website at

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