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       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 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: <>
       maintained by the Perl Foundation (<>),
       which tracks and provides services for a variety of other community


       Perl's sister language, Raku (formerly known as Perl 6), maintains its
       own directory of community resources at <>.

   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 <>.

       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://>. 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.

       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

           Originally run by O'Reilly Media (the publisher of the Camel Book,
           this site provides quality articles mostly about technical details of

           Many members of the community have a Perl-related blog on this site.
           If you'd like to join them, you can sign up for free.

           Perlsphere is one of several aggregators of Perl-related blog feeds.

           Perl Weekly is a weekly mailing list that keeps you up to date on
           conferences, releases and notable blog posts.


           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."

           Stack Overflow is a free question-and-answer site for programmers.
           It's not focussed solely on Perl, but it does have an active group of
           users who do their best to help people with their Perl programming

           PrePAN is used as a place to discuss modules that you're considering
           uploading to the CPAN.  You can get feedback on their design before
           you upload.

   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.

       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 events.

       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 beforehand; have the necessary
       version control client; and bring backup equipment (an extra LAN cable,
       additional power strips, etc.)  because someone will forget.

       Perl had 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.

       In 2016, YAPC was rebranded as The Perl Conference again. It is now
       referred to as The Perl and Raku Conference.

       OSCON had been discontinued.

       For more information about either conference, check out their respective
       web pages:

       o   The Perl Conference


       o   OSCON


       An additional conference franchise with a large Perl portion was the Open
       Source Developers Conference or OSDC. First held in Australia, it also
       spread to Israel and France. More information can be found at:
       <> for Israel, and <> for

   Calendar of Perl Events
       The Perl Review, <> maintains a website and
       Google calendar for tracking workshops, hackathons, Perl Mongers
       meetings, and other events. A view of this calendar is available at

       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 (


       Edgar "Trizor" Bering <>

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