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Is the Austin PM group sitll alive?

by boftx (Deacon)
on Sep 19, 2013 at 06:54 UTC ( #1054785=perlquestion: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??
boftx has asked for the wisdom of the Perl Monks concerning the following question:

I'm not sure where this should be posted, but since I am seeking the wisdom of the Perl community at large, I'll start here.

A number of people where I work (in Austin, Texas) are interested in taking part in the Austin Perl Mongers group. However, we have received no response from that body. What can we do? (One would think it should be active given the recent convention held here, but that doesn't appear to be the case when one visits the website for the group.)

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Re: Is the Austin PM group sitll alive?
by LanX (Bishop) on Sep 19, 2013 at 11:29 UTC
    Meeting in June .... Looks active for me

    Did you join the mailinglist ?

    When did you mail them?


    Very active indeed

    Seems like they are only recovering after YAPC... Which I perfectly understand! B-)

    Cheers Rolf

    ( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

      Thanks for the info! Yes, I joined the mailing list, but have seen zero traffic on it other than the confirmation emails.

        Just create traffic! =)

        Cheers Rolf

        ( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

Re: Is the Austin PM group sitll alive?
by itnomad (Scribe) on Jan 01, 2014 at 15:02 UTC

    Kind of frustrating, this Austin Perl Monger group. We have had trouble finding a good place to have meetings. Now I've heard that HostGator is going to sponser us and provide a place to meet. Our last meeting the 7 of us stood around at a bar and had a very nice but mostly social meeting. Good bar, but not a great place for a meeting. In attendence were Matt Trout and John Napiorkowsky! That was Dec 17th.

    Notices about meetings tend to go out the day of the meeting, I'm sorry to say. We should have great meetings. Our current president once convinced Ingy dot Net and Reini Urban to come to a meeting in Austin to discuss some of the new directions for making Perl faster. There were only 6 of us there for that.

    Things look good for the new year. If we get a sponser, have a good place to meet, put together interesting presentations, I'm sure there are a lot of people using Perl in the Austin area. There are a lot of great things happening in the wider Perl community. Our group just needs to do a better job of advertising and conducting meetings. For solidarity sake, anyone interested could also join the perl group in Austin; please.

      > Our last meeting the 7 of us stood around at a bar and had a very nice but mostly social meeting.

      Honestly, from my experience with two regular Perlmonger groups social meetings in bars are essential.

      They are a place for a relaxed chat about tech things w/o big preparation.

      Why don't you try to find a bar for a regulars' table once a month like we do? :)

      Those meetings are the backbone for the kind of "workshops" you seem to intend, which can only happen once in a while.

      Cheers Rolf

      ( addicted to the Perl Programming Language)

        According to our president, Will Braswell, we are aiming to have meetings twice a month: one at the sponser's meeting place and one at a bar. The meeting I described was a 'holiday' meeting. So social was good, and the bar, 'BB Rovers' is a great place. But the issue of a place to have regular meeetings is a long standing problem for the Austin Perl Mongers. I'm hoping for a convenient location with plenty of seating, WIFI, and a projector. We had a fantastic presentation in November covering Catalyst, big data mining and graphing tools. No projector. We were all gathered around a table in a coffee shop.

        Like I said, things look good for 2014, though.

Re: Is the Austin PM group sitll alive?
by Will_the_Chill (Pilgrim) on Jan 30, 2014 at 08:14 UTC

    Sorry you had to move away so quickly, glad you're with our sister group! and are now both sponsored by HostGator.

    So now has a website and Facebook group:

    We are having lots of fun at both our informal social meetings at a local pub/cafe, and our business meetings at HostGator's office.

    Go Perl Mongers! :-)

    ~ Will the Chill
Re: Is the Austin PM group sitll alive?
by itnomad (Scribe) on Jan 29, 2014 at 03:58 UTC
    The Austin PM had a good meeting tonight. We had about 12 attendees. HostGator supplied a fantastic meeting room with projector, screen, pizza and drinks. I was hoping to see boftx and maybe some of his coworkers at the meeting. But, the point is we are back! We have a working list of upcoming presentations and are hoping to get more attendees.

      I am glad to hear there was a good turnout despite the weather! I probably would have been there if I still lived in Austin. I am now in Houston and will be active in that group.

      It helps to remember that the primary goal is to drain the swamp even when you are hip-deep in alligators.

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