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Re^2: How to wake up the Perl community?

by davido (Archbishop)
on Mar 19, 2013 at 17:54 UTC ( #1024346=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Re: How to wake up the Perl community?
in thread How to wake up the Perl community?

My thought is perl needs a new site/group dedicated solely to promoting perl to new programmers and users of other languages.

Sure, blogging about and creating sites about Perl might increase its visibility a little. But my personal feeling is that this is a battle that needs to be won at the grass roots of each local community where there exists a handful of Perl enthusiasts. Start a Perl Mongers group (or join a nearby one). Come up with compelling presentations; some should target the pros, and others should target newcomers. Get everyone you can involved -- developers, students, hobbyists, sysadmins, peripherally related individuals, anyone who will attend. Hold regular meetings. Encourage attendees to present on any topic that they find interesting, that can somehow be related back to Perl. Encourage attendees to bring a friend.

Also look outwardly. Plack exists because Miyagawa wasn't afraid to learn from outside of the Perl community. But Plack arguably brings a modern relevancy back to Perl with respect to the domain that it addresses. So find ways to learn what makes other languages relevant, and bring that to Perl. Find things that make Perl relevant, and teach users of other languages. This open minded sharing benefits everyone, and keeps Perl fresh.


Dave


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Re^3: How to wake up the Perl community?
by Anonymous Monk on Mar 20, 2013 at 09:07 UTC

    Also look outwardly. Plack exists because Miyagawa wasn't afraid to learn from outside of the Perl community

    come now, the perl community has been looking outwardly since TheLarry created perl

    Plack exists because Miyagawa got paid to create Plack -- yes he got inspired by the prior art like we all do (and there is no reason to throw away bits that already worked), but it got created because someone put up the cash/time to fill a real-world need, and not as some kind of fear destroying marketing ploy

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