According to craigslist CEO and former Perl Hacker Jim Buckmaster, “craigslist has gloried in and relied upon Perl for most of its software development for more than a decade. craigslist Charitable Fund is honored to recognize the wizardry and generosity of the Perl community, help ensure the ongoing maintenance of Perl5, and contribute to the future evolution of Perl.” He added, “It was unclear at first how best to give something back to Perl. Fortunately there was more than one way to do it.”
Vienna.pm’s donation has been added to by…
- Booking.com: 10,000 USD
- cPanel: 10,000 USD
- Net-A-Porter: 10,000 USD
- Dijkmat: 5,000 USD
- Oslo Perl Mongers: 1,000 EUR
Perl 5 core maintenance fund will continue to accept donations to assist with the next round of ongoing improvements to the Perl 5 Core, thus benefiting the whole Perl 5 community.
The White Camel Awards recognize outstanding, non-technical achievement in Perl. Started in 1999 by Perl mongers and later merged with The Perl Foundation, the awards committee selects three names from a long list of worthy Perl volunteers to recognize hard work in Perl Community, Perl Conferences, and Perl User Groups. For the past two years, these awards have been managed by The Perl Review in conjunction with the The Perl Foundation.
This year, the White Camels recognize the efforts of these people whose hard work has made Perl and the Perl community a better place:
You may have noticed that many of the core Perl sites, such as www.cpan.org and www.perl.org look a lot different. Indeed, they look a lot better. Perl, being very popular in the early days of the web, it’s websites settled on the early features and never left them. Leo Lapworth dragged many of the Perl websites into the modern age and made them look more attractive at the same time. Not only that, he’s one of the driving forces behind Perl News. Surely there’s more to come from Leo, too. For this, we recognize Leo Lapworth for the 2011 White Camel Award for Perl community.
If you’re doing Perl in Japan, you’ve probably run into Daisuke Maki. He’s active in Shibuya.pm and many of the YAPC::Asia. He also started the Japan Perl Association, the counterpart to The Perl Foundation and YAPC::Europe Foundation. For this, we recognize Daisuke Maki for the 2011 White Camel Award for Outstanding Contribution to Perl user groups.
If there were a contest for the most Perl events organized, Andrew would most likely be the winner. The number of conferences isn’t the only category he’d win though. He’s not content just to organized conferences in his own country, Russia, but also in Bulgaria, the Ukraine, Belarus, Uzbekistan, and many others. He’s also win the competition for organizing two events the farthest apart: The Second Russian Perl Workshop in Vladivostok and YAPC::EU 2011 in Rīga, Latvia. That’s still not enough. He’s the moving force behind YAPC::TV, which collects videos from Perl events and lets you view them for free. For this, we recognize Andrew Shitov for the 2011 White Camel Award for Perl conferences.
Vienna.pm have announced $10,000 (USD) of “match funding” for the Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund announced this week. For every $1 of funding found they will contribute $1 to a maximum of $10,000, which will leave just 20% of the remaining initial round of funding to be achieved.
The initial funding round will be used to continue funding Dave Mitchell’s work and to fund new work on the core by Nicholas Clark.
The Perl Foundation has provided a series of grants targeted at improving the Perl 5 core. The original funding as provided by Booking.com is now almost depleted, but The Perl Foundation is committed to raising new funding to help continue and expand this important venture. We are hoping to further fund Dave Mitchell’s work and to fund new work on the core by Nicholas Clark.
Larger sponsors will receive specific mention of their contribution to this fund on the Sponsor’s page under the fund’s section, donations of $1,000 dollars or more will result in the sponsor’s logo being used and the organisation (of choice) being credited on a weekly report. Please visit the page on the Perl 5 Core Maintenance Fund for more details and how to submit a contribution.