What’s in a name? that which we call a rose (William Shakespeare, Romeo & Juliet, Act II Scene ii)

I went to FOSDEM in Brussels this year as a representative of the Perl Foundation. As such I spent the weekend doing my best to be a good advocate of the Perl programming languages.

FOSDEM for those of you in gentle unawareness is probably the world's largest, free, Open Source event. It is held each year in Brussels, Belgium, and attracts speakers for hundreds of talks on dozens of projects,…

OSCON Call for Papers

The OSCON Call for Papers closes this Tuesday, 24th November, at Midnight (US EST) and at this moment there are no papers submitted on Perl.

OSCON has become increasing less language-specific over the years and now doesn’t have language tracks or rooms, however Perl has a long association with this conference including the fact that it evolved from the original Perl Conference and for many years hosted the State of the Onion.

As we approach 2016 with a major new version of Perl in the shape of Per…

The Company Culture: Go Leader


The Westfield Leader has been using Perl for more than a decade (since 1998), providing many essential functions. Over time they have received considerable learning help from the Perl community.

They are privately owned weekly newspapers in Westfield, NJ since 1890. Perl contributed to helping us digitize all of the archives, which run as far back as 1907, and they are now search…

The Company Culture - the process

This week I will be starting the company promotion that I mentioned in my last blog post ( I thought I would take a few moments to explain some more what I am doing and what the process will be.

As I said previously this is not a structured approach, there is no definite action or reward to be achieved and no…

Perl and the Company Culture

A couple of recent events, and a long running conversation, have set me to thinking about all the companies who contribute to the world of Perl. When I say contribute I mean any, or multiple of the following:

  1. Use Perl;
  2. Have Perl developers;
  3. Sponsor Perl events;
  4. Send delegates to conferences;
  5. Buy Perl services from consultants;
  6. Sponsor development;
  7. Release Code;
  8. Sponsor a module creation;
  9. Manage an event;
  10. Host an event;
  11. Encourage employees to be community members;
  12. Allow …