• Perl Foundation elects new members

    The Perl Foundation has three new members

    • Karen Pauley, Steering Committee Chair
    • Josh McAdams, Public Relations
    • Jeremy Fluhmann, Conferences Committee Chair
    Thanks to Josh to taking the mantle of PR from my shoulders! I wouldn't be surprised if we wind up teaming up on some stuff down the road....

  • Help find students for Perl projects in Google Summer of Code 2008

    (Following is Eric Wilhelm's call for participation in Google Summer of Code.) -- Andy

    The Perl Foundation is participating in Google's 2008 Summer of Code™ and we have a lot of capable, willing mentors looking forward to working with some talented, driven students. So, we would like you to help find those students (and quickly -- the students must apply before March 24th.)

    This is a rare opportunity for students to get a chance to get a paid summer of hacking on exciting projects like Parrot, Perl 6, Moose, Jifty, SVK, Catalyst, or their very own Perl modules or applications. It also brings new talent into the community and gives the student a hefty "real world" experience with a knowledgable mentor. Further, employers love to see this sort of demonstration of teamwork, handling deadlines, communication skills, resourcefulness and etc.

    We're looking for promising students who are interested in open source (or maybe you know someone who *should* be interested in open source.) Knowledge of Perl is optional if the project is Parrot-related. The student doesn't need to be an expert in the problem domain (after all, learning is part of the process), but should bring a big pile of creativity, problem-solving skills, and determination.

    Students should review the page of suggested projects, encouraged to bring their own proposals (those are often the best.) The most important first step is getting in touch with the community and discussing their project idea with potential mentors.

    Google has posted some flyers if you happen to have a university bulletin board or hallway handy:
    http://code.google.com/p/google-summer-of-code/wiki/GsocFlyers

    Additional info:

    http://www.perlfoundation.org/perl5/index.cgi?gsoc2008
    http://code.google.com/soc/2008/
    http://code.google.com/soc/2008/faqs.html

    (Note that Google has particular requirements to do with the fact that they are paying the students. The student must be able to show their eligibility regarding enrollment and employability.)

    Remember, the Perl community draws talent from many fields, so if you came to Perl from a non-computer-science major and still have contacts in that department from your university, it is probably worth mentioning to them.

    Please feel free to forward this to whoever may be interested.

  • Tim Bunce debunks Perl myths

    Tim Bunce has put together a presentation debunking three pervasive myths about Perl:

    • Perl is dead
    • Perl is hard to read / test / maintain
    • Perl 6 is killing Perl 5
    That last one has a sort of corollary: "Perl 6 is taking too long", which presupposes that anyone can say how long Perl 6 should be taking.

  • Perl Foundation accepted in Google Summer of Code 2008

    Details are non-existent right now, but the Perl Foundation is back in Google's Summer Of Code program. Congratulations to all who helped us get in there, especially Eric Whilhelm, who displayed an astonishing level of JFDI to get this to happen.

  • TPF helps defend the Artistic License

    Jim Brandt writes in the TPF news blog that the Perl Foundation is helping a court case surrounding the Artistic License. A Java project has adopted the Artistic License and is now in the middle of a legal battle that could be important legal precedent for future cases regarding open source licensing. TPF has helped support an amicus curae brief in the case.

    Jim's article notes "the argument [in the case] that there can be no remedy to a copyright holder who chooses not to charge money for their work." It's kind of like how puzzled relatives ask why me work on open source projects if I'm not getting paid to do it, as if it's less worthwhile that there's no money (directly) changing hands. Here, the plaintiffs in the case are trying to make that perception into settled case law. Thanks to TPF for their work here against that happening.