[Chicago-talk] Perl Mentor program/website

Tom Yarrish tom at yarrish.com
Tue Feb 20 09:51:10 PST 2007

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Hey all,
I was listening to the latest Perlcast interview on the way to work  
this morning, and started to think about something that Uri said  
towards the end of the interview.  Mostly about his love of the Perl  
community and how he's seen issues getting quality Perl programmers  
into jobs where they are needed.
So I started thinking about how I've struggled to learn Perl over the  
last few years (mainly because I don't work in a job where I can  
program at all really), and how it would be nice to "pair up" with  
someone in a student/teacher scenario.  Then I started thinking about  
a mentor program that was started on the Binary Revolution website  
(http://www.binrev.com/projects/mentors.html if anyone is  
interested), and I thought "Why not Perl?"
Now part of this is for partially selfish reasons, since I'm hoping  
to learn Perl in the process.  But I went ahead and registered  
perlmentors.com, and I'm looking for input/ideas/help on what to put  
on the site.  I was thinking of building the site using Catalyst, so  
I'm starting the process of getting that installed on the server  
now.  I figured if it's a Perl related site, it should probably run  
in Perl.
Does anyone think this is a good idea?  Does something like this  
exist already?  I know there's Perl Monks, but that seems more to be  
a forum for help, not necessarily what I'm looking at doing.
I was also thinking this is a way I could "give back" to the Perl  
community in a "non-Perl" programming way (at least until I can  
really start some serious Perl programming).
I was thinking as well of posting this message on the perl-beginners  
list, but I figured I'd start locally first :p

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