Birmingham Perl Mongers are a user group for Perl programmers based in and around the second city of the United Kingdom. We provide help and advice to Perl programmers from Birmingham, the Black Country and the West Midlands.
Online, you can join our mailing list. In the real world, we meet for social meetings for beer, chit-chat and a good game of Fluxx. We also now hold monthly technical meetings. Whether you are a beginner or more experienced in Perl, everyone is welcome to come along and join us. All meetings are always open to everyone and have free entry.
Due to a high profile match taking place tonight, The Dragon Inn is likely to be showing the game on their TV screens. As such, the chances of us grabbing a table and being able to hear ourselves think is probably a bit remote.
As such, we're moving the social to next week, July 18th. See you then :)
Due to the second Wednesday for February falling on Valentine's Day, 14th Feb, we've moved this month's meeting to Wednesday 21st February instead.
We'll be at the usual place, The Dragon Inn, just a week later than normal ;)
As agreed by the board in 2014, a petition has been filed to have Birmingham Perl Mongers Limited removed from the companies register, held at Companies House. As of April 2016, the company was officially struck off, and is no longer an active company.
Birmingham Perl Mongers user group continues to exist, and our mailing list and social meetings will continue, unaffected.
The company was formed in 2006 to help the group organise the 2006 YAPC::Europe event in Birmingham. In 2009 we also organised the QA Hackthon, and between 2008 and 2015 we sponsored and funded the CPAN Testers server.
It has been a very successful 10 years as far as the board are concerned, but time has come to end this part of our story. The company no longer has funds to organise events, and does not have the capacity to keep the company going. Thank you to everyone who has been a part of the story for the last 10 years, either as a board member, group member, speaker, attendee or writer. It has been very much appreciated.
It is with great sadness that I announce the passing of our friend and colleague, Brian McCauley. Brian was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year, but unfortunately it was too aggressive for treatment to be effective. He passed away at the QEII Hospital, Birmingham, with his wife Sam and his family by his side, on Friday 8th May 2015.
Brian has been an integral part of Birmingham Perl Mongers, since JJ and I met him and Sam in Paris, flying home from the YAPC::Europe conference in 2002. He was a co-organiser of YAPC::Europe 2006 here in Birmingham, as well working behind the scenes for the QA Hackathon in 2009. He has been a director and more recently secretary of Birmingham Perl Mongers Limited. On CPAN he was NOBULL, and he and Sam attended every YAPC::Europe since Paris, and YAPC::NA 2008 in Chicago. He was previously a frequent poster to Usenet, Perl Monks and other Perl forums, so you may well have met him, talked with him, used his code or read his words in that time.
Brian also loved games, especially Fluxx. It would not be uncommon for both Brian and Sam, together with Geoff Avery, to instigate playing various variations of Fluxx at YAPC social evenings, sometimes well into the night.
Brian was not religious and would be uncomfortable to have prayers said of him. If you knew him you are welcome to join Birmingham Perl Mongers on Wednesday 13th May to raise a toast and say a fond farewell to our friend and colleague Brian McCauley. We'll be at The Dragon Inn on Hurst Street from 7pm.
Brian, you will be missed.
(4th Feb 1967 - 8th May 2015)
Photo taken at our Christmas social December 2014, by Chris Marsh.
This month's technical meeting is, as per usual, at The Birmingham Science Park, Aston on 29th October 2014. The talks start at 7.30pm, so please make sure you are there in plenty of time. Free car parking is available at the venue, and bus stops are nearby too.
This month we are delighted to have Mel Marsh presenting her experiences of Agile development and Scrum from the perspective of a Scrum Master. Other talks include a look at CPAN and CPAN Testers.
Early arrivals can meet us at The Sack of Potatoes just around the corner from around 6pm.
Apologies for the late notice, but the date of the October Technical Meeting has been changed to the 29th October. All being well we'll have the same speakers and talks lined up for you.
This Wednesday, 10th September, Birmingham Perl Mongers will be celebrating their 14th birthday. We'll be heading to our regular haunt, The Dragon Inn on Hurst Street, and will be there from about 6.30pm onwards. Feel free to join us, and raise a glass tomany more years. For directions, please see our social meeting page.
Due to the rooms being booked for our normal days for the next two technical meetings, we have had to shift both by a week. Our next technical (normally September) will be on 1st October 2014. Our normal November meeting will be on 3rd December 2014.
Both events will be at the The Birminham Science Park, Aston, at Faraday Wharf near Aston University. Once again we are very grateful to have both events sponsored by Majestic 12.
If you would like to give a presentation at one of these meetings, or a meeting next year, please get in touch (barbie at cpan.org), as we have slots available for long or short talks.
The 8323399865 will be slightly off topic for Perl, as we have two presentations discussing more generic points about how we put tools together, manage them, and present the techniques to the wider world.
Steve Pitchford will be returning to the rostrum after a too long absence, with Alan Stanger finally presenting a prepared presentation, after only 8 years attending our meetings. We may have a short Perl specific talk, but as both the presentations by Steve and Alan are longish, this may be deferred to next time.
As always, all are welcome, and it's all free. Just turn up. Once again may thanks to Majestic 12 for sponsoring the event.
UPDATE: Unfortunately Alan's talk has had to be delayed until our July meeting, but we hope to have a second talk to support Steve on Wednesday.
This Wednesday, 22nd January 2014 will our first technical meeting of the year. We very fortunate to have a full schedule of speakers and talks, so please feel free to come along and here some diverse topics about Perl and related technologies.
On the schedule are:
The talks will start just after 7.30pm at Faraday Wharf, the Science Park, Aston. Although if you fancy a quick drink beforehand, some of us will be in the Sack O' Potatoes from about 6pm.
We are one of the UK's largest Perl user groups, representing Birmingham UK to the international Perl community since 2000. We hold monthly social and technical presentations, and several of our members are now regular attendees and speakers at the YAPC::Europe Perl Conferences.
For further information about Birmingham.pm, please read our Frequently Asked Questions page.
For details about joining our mailing list, please (831) 431-8558 for more details.
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