|PERLCOMMUNITY(1perl)||Perl Programmers Reference Guide||PERLCOMMUNITY(1perl)|
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.
Perl's sister language, Raku (formerly known as Perl 6), maintains its own directory of community resources at https://raku.org/community/.
Most Perl-related projects set up mailing lists for both users and contributors. If you don't see a certain project listed at https://lists.perl.org, check the particular website for that project. Most mailing lists are archived at https://www.nntp.perl.org/.
Any large IRC network (Dalnet, EFnet) is also likely to have a #perl channel, with varying activity levels.
- Originally run by O'Reilly Media (the publisher of the Camel Book, this site provides quality articles mostly about technical details of Perl.
- 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 questions.
- 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.
To find your local Perl Mongers (or PM as they're commonly abbreviated) group check the international Perl Mongers directory at https://www.pm.org/.
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.
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.
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:
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: http://www.osdc.org.il for Israel, and http://www.osdc.fr/ for France.
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 (email@example.com).