[Melbourne-pm] PerlNet - The Australian and New Zealand Community Perl Portal

Paul Fenwick pjf at perltraining.com.au
Tue Mar 1 22:10:39 PST 2005

G'day Everyone,

Last year I was privileged enough to be involved in many different facets of the
Australian Perl community.  I was able to attend Perl Mongers meetings across
Australia.  I was able to teach both beginner and experienced programmers.  I
became involved with businesses that either specialised in providing Perl
services, or who use Perl for internal development and regularly seek programmers.

Between all these groups, I discovered there was a common desire, for there to
be more connections in the Australian Perl community.

"Where can I find a job working with Perl?"
"Where can I find Perl developers or consultants?"
"Who else in Australia are using Perl, and what for?"
"How can I show my clients that there is plenty of Perl support in Australia?"
"I want to help with a local Perl project, where do I start?"

Having a more active and more interconnected Perl community is something that I
feel would be of great benefit to us all.  As such, I have registered the domain
perl.net.au, installed MediaWiki, and placed upon it the skeleton of a portal
site.  It's my hope that perl.net.au will become a central meeting point for the
Perl community in Australia and New Zealand.

PerlNet is at the very start of its life, and in order for it to become a
success it needs the input and attention of the community.  I'm writing to you
to ask for feedback, ideas, and contributions to PerlNet.

I'm only notifying select groups to begin with.  Many people will not return to
PerlNet if their first experience is a bad one, and currently the site is very
much under construction.  I want to be able to bring it up to speed before
announcing it to the world.

At the moment we're looking for content, ideas and suggestions.  Melbourne.PM is
Australia's most active Perl user group, and I'd like to encourage you to add to
PerlNet whatever you feel is relevant to yourself and your peers.  Don't be
afraid to change things, the whole purpose of the site is that it can be run and
maintained by the community.

If you have the time, I would appreciate it if you could go to
http://perl.net.au/ and give your contributions, feedback, and ideas.  I also
ask in particular that you read and respect the requests at:


In particular, while you may tell other *individuals* to whom you feel PerlNet
has value, I'd ask that you do not otherwise publicise PerlNet.  Please do not
mention PerlNet at user groups, in your journal/blog, or in other media outlets.
 Once the site has grown further with your help we will be able make a proper
announcement to the world.

I sincerely look forward to your feedback and contributions.  I would encourage
you to provide these using the facilities on the site itself on the community
portal, in order to promote an open and transparent discussion.  However, if
there are matters that you wish to communicate to me personally, feel free to do
so by return e-mail.

All the very best, and thanks in advance for your contributions and feedback,


Paul Fenwick <pjf at perltraining.com.au> | http://perltraining.com.au/
Director of Training                   | Ph:  +61 3 9354 6001
Perl Training Australia                | Fax: +61 3 9354 2681

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