About London Perl Mongers

What is London.pm?

London Perl Mongers is a group of people who use Perl in their work or personal programming projects and like to meet and talk about it.

London.pm has social and technical meetings, hack days, a mailing list, an IRC channel and fits into the larger Perl Mongers organisation.

Curiously, London.pm members aren't confined to London or even the UK, but live all around the world.

When do you meet?

London.pm social meetings are held on the first Thursday of the month. Without fail.

Hack days are held bi-monthly on Saturday afternoons at the London Hackspace, which is kind enough to let us use their facilities for no extra charge. A number of London PM members are also Hackspace members.

Technical meetings are held whenever they are organised. They tend to be on Thursday evenings.

Additional "heretics" social meetings are held when the first day of a month is a Thursday.

General email list

Announcement email list

London PM meetings and other events will be posted on the announcement list. The archives for this list are here.

The general london.pm list is subscribed to this list, so you do not need to subscribe to both. It is low-traffic and moderated to try to ensure it is always On Topic.

You mentioned an IRC channel.

A lot of us use the IRC channel #london.pm on the perl.org network. Connect to irc.perl.org, and /join #london.pm.

There are a couple of bots on channel; there's a short guide to the channel so you know who's who.

What have London.pm achieved?

London PM organised the first YAPC::Europe conference and raised some of the initial funding for sponsoring Damian Conway to work on Perl for a year via Yet Another Society. London PM members have spoken at all of the major Perl conferences, including TPC, YAPC::NA and YAPC::Europe and the German Perl Workshop. and several of our members have authored books. Once upon a time, London PM members sponsored a camel at the London Zoo.

London.pm members have authored scores of CPAN modules, acted as release managers for Perl 5, and contributed patches and code for Perl 5 and Perl 6. They also volunteer their time to work on Perl's toolchain and testing projects.

How can I get in touch with the leader?

At the time of writing, Sue Spence is the leader of London.pm

She follows a distinguished list of leaders, starting with founder Dave Cross, Paul Mison, Mark Fowler, Simon Wistow, Greg McCarroll, Leon Brocard, Leo Lapworth and Tom Hukins. See the history page for more details.

Can I find out more?

Yes; in addition to the pages mentioned above about the mailing list and IRC channel, we also have a section on frequently asked questions, a small glossary, a page about our history and another about the camel.

If you still have questions, why not join the mailing list and ask there?

About the site

The most recent incarnation of this site was created by Leo Lapworth and a host of authors. london.pm.org is graciously hosted by Exonetric.

It was created using Perl, Template Toolkit, Plack and Perl modules.

You can check out the source code for the web site from the github repository: