25 Years of Perl

Abigail abigail at abigail.be
Tue Nov 20 07:23:05 GMT 2012

On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 08:12:46PM -0500, David H. Adler wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 19, 2012 at 05:29:29PM +0000, Dave Cross wrote:
> > At the LPW on Saturday I'm giving a talk entitled "25 Years of Perl".
> > 
> > I have the structure of the talk, and I have worked out most of the
> > things that I want to cover. But I wanted to make sure that I didn't
> > miss anything important.
> > 
> > So I thought I'd turn to the london.pm hivemind. What parts of
> > Perl's history do you think are important. I'm particularly
> > interested in two areas.
> > 
> > 1/ Technical
> > 
> > What CPAN modules deserve to be mentioned as part of Perl's history?
> > Which Perl infrastructure projects are (or were) important? Are
> > there any other technical things that need to be covered?
> You're going to cover the Acme:: namespace, of course? [insert evil grin
> here]
> > 2/ Community
> > 
> > What community initiatives should I cover? Can I mention TPI without
> > giving some people nightmares? How much detail can I cover about
> > Perl Mongers? Which conferences deserve a mention? Does anyone
> > remember how and when YAS became TPF?
> If memory serves, YAS didn't "become" TPF. They were separate entities,
> as was Perl Mongers. At a certain point, Kevin decided he didn't want to
> run YAS anymore and brian decided not to run Perl Mongers anymore (they
> both had other stuff that was taking up their time). As a result, they
> were both absorbed into TPF. Wikipedia says PM became part of TPF in
> 2000, but that feels too early to me. You should probably check further
> for a real date. brian might know.

Considering that YAS was created in 2000, during YAPC 19100, I don't think
there even was a TPF by 2000 yet. But considering TPFs legal status, there
should be documentation on when it was founded. I'd ask Karen or Allison.


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