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The Perl Foundation Newsletter, July 2002

Nathan Torkington
August 8, 2002 17:07
The Perl Foundation Newsletter, July 2002
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The Perl Foundation Newsletter
July, 2002

The Perl Foundation Grants

Thanks go out to the Perl Community for making TPF grants so
successful over the past two years!  We've raised over $190,000
since 2000, mainly though the generous contributions of individuals
throughout our community.  Donors are highlighted on the Fund Status
page at:

We'd also like to thank those people who have been very supportive with
matching donations.  Matching challenges have been a successful fund raising
tool for several Perl Monger groups, and others, during the year.  Both
individuals and companies have issued successful matching challenges.  Of
note, Stonehenge Consulting matched donations of several Perl Monger groups
and David Hand generously matched $1500 raised by

We've seen a lot of great work from TPF grant recipients this year.  Damian
Conway reports that during the course of his grants, he produced 55 releases
of 21 distinct modules, wrote several articles, including the Exegeses, and
made 56 presentations at conferences and Perl user groups.  All this in
addition to participating heavily in perl news groups,, and
other online venues.

Dan Sugalski has been hard at work speaking with user groups, writing
articles, and hacking Parrot.  The interpreter is now functional and working,
along with garbage collection, IO, dynamic code loading, and global

Larry Wall continued working on Perl6 language design as explained in his
Apocalypse documents.  More details on activities funded through TPF
grants are available on the Perl Foundation web site.

Thanks to Larry, Damian, and Dan for all their hard work!

Over 300 Gather at YAPC '02

Over 300 Perl enthusiasts gathered in St. Louis for the 4th Annual YAPC.
Thanks to all, particularly the St. Louis team, who made this a great
event! Images and audio interviews are available at:

As in past years, Lightning Talks were a popular event.  Adam Turoff
and Allison Randal spoke on Perl 6, Andy Lester asked for more civility
among the community, and Tim Maher had everyone singing 'The Name Game'.

Nat Torkington debuted his hilarious movie about a young Python programmer
among perl folks. View it online at
This movie has been rated R for mature language and mild sexual content.
It is a Nathan Torkington production, after all.

Funds Raised at YAPC

At YAPC, The Perl Foundation President Kevin Lenzo kicked off the
Foundation's latest fund drive by raising $4000 with an auction of books
and other merchandise.  Thanks to the publishers, including O'Reilly,
Manning and Addison-Wesley, for their book donations!

The people at YAPC bid enthusiastically and when the auction total came
$276 short of an even $4000, Tim Maher generously brought the total up.
Hot auction items included Sean Burke's new Perl & LWP book, and two
'Stitch' plush dolls brought straight from Disney by Robert Spier.

TPF at OSCON 2002

Thanks to everyone for sharing your thoughts and comments both at the
TPF booth and at the TPF BOF.

During a special auction at OSCON, TPF raised $1120 through the sale of
five signed shirts, three Disney Stitch dolls, and several
Quake III Arena games.  Thanks to Robert Spier and Casey West for
organizing the event!

YAPC 2003

It's time to put together your proposal to host next year's YAPC.
Information on venue requirements is available at:

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