Who We Are

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.

Our News

May Technical Meeting
Posted by Barbie on 23/05/2014

The May Technical Meeting 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.

First Tech Meet of 2014
Posted by Barbie on 20/01/2014

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:

  • Colin Newell - failures
  • Barbie - Creating Excel Spreadsheets with Template Toolkit
  • Barbie - Introducing the UK Co-Ordinators
  • Tony Edwardson - RemoteLib

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.

New Sponsors - Majestic 12
Posted by Barbie on 20/01/2014

It is with great delight, that we announce our new corporate sponsors, Majestic-12. Majestic-12 have long been supporters of Birmingham, with Alex and Steve from the company coming along and presenting technical talks to us. This year they will be sponsoring all our technical meetings. Our next meeting is on Wednesday January 22nd, we have a great line-up to start the year off.

Majestic-12 Ltd specialises in internet search technology, and have been pioneering in developing their distributed search network. Their MajesticSEO portal is for marketeers and entrepreneurs alike, and builds on their estanlished knowledge of the world wide web providing wealth of experience the worlds largest internet link map.

Many thanks to Majestic-12 for the past, current and future support.

Technical Meeting for Oct 2013
Posted by Barbie on 20/10/2013

In preparation for the London Perl Workshop, this month we have a couple of talks that may or may not get submitted. The October Technical Meeting will once again be at The Birmingham Aston Science Park, on Wednesday 23rd October 2013.

The first talk is by JJ, who will be explaining a project he and Colin have been working on. Expect more details about the talk and project before Wednesday. Our second talk is 'The Future of CPAN Testers' by Barbie. The talk will be a glimpse at some of the forthcoming projects to help authors, testers and users get the most out of the CPAN Testers project.

We still have space for another short talk, if anyone would like to present something. Please get in touch with a title and short abstract about the talk (a simple short sentence is fine), and I'll add you to the line-up.

Hope to see you there on Wednesday.

UPDATE: JJ's talk is 'Managing Multiple Git Repositories'

Technical Meeting for Sep/Oct 2013
Posted by Barbie on 22/09/2013

The next two technicsl meetings are lined up. As per usual we'll be at the Aston Science Park, Birmingham for both events, meeting at The Sack O' Potatoes beforehand for food and drinks.

The September neeting, on Wed 25th Sept, discusses Perl Golf and PSGI/Plack, while the October meeting, on 23rd Oct, will feature a talk from JJ, title still to be announced. If anyone would like to talk at either of these meetings, pleaselet me know. Whether the talk is short, medium or long, we'll be delight hear it. Contact barbie [at] cpan.org for more details.

Technical Meeting for May 2013
Posted by Barbie on 19/05/2013

It's been a while since we've had a technical meeting, but thanks to Gavin and Colin, we'll be having a few talks at The Birmingham Science Park Aston on Wednesday 22nd May. All are welcome along, and we even have space for a extra short talk if you'd like to tell us about something.

For further details please see our Next Meeting page.

Our 12th Birthday
Posted by Barbie on 31/08/2012

September sees us celebrating our 12th birthday, and as such we going to properly organise a meal out. Several people have suggested we attend Las Iguanas, a mexican restaurant in the Arcadian, just around the corner from our regular haunt of The Dragon Inn.

The plan is to meet at the restaurant for about 7pm, and for early arrivals to meet in The Dragon Inn from about 6pm. we'll be booking a table for Wednesday 12th September, but we need to know how many people are likely to be coming. If you'd like to come along, please let Barbie know (on or off the mailing list) so we book a big enough table. Partners and friends alike are welcome too, so feel free to invite them along.

See our meeting page for further details.

New Google Calendar
Posted by Barbie on 15/07/2012

Recently Mark Keating of the Enlightened Perl Organisation created a Google Calendar to specifically encourage local Perl groups to advertise their events and meetings. As we haven't been advertising ourselves with Google Calendars over the last year, I've dusted off the script I used and updated it.

To see the new calendar, and the existing West Midlands tech Events calendar, visit our Events page and click on the links to see the calendars. Or you can click here and see the new calendar. We still have an ICS file download available to keep up to date with just the Birmingham.pm events and meetings.

Technical Meeting for May 2012
Posted by Barbie on 17/05/2012

This month we have several talks on offer, including one from a guest speaker. We'll be featuring a selection of topics covering RabbitMQ, Jenkins and Command Line Application building. Hopefully something there to interest everyone.

As always, all are welcome, and we'll be meeting in the Sack Of Potatoes from about 6pm, then mving onto the Birmingham Aston Science Park for a 7.30pm start with the talks.

Hope to see you there.

Technical Meeting Update
Posted by Barbie on 22/11/2011

This month, in fact this Wednesday, we have another set of talks for the technical meeting. Both Colin and JJ have offered to present some short talks for us, and I hope we'll have time to review a video from a YAPC or Perl Workshop talk too. If you in or around Birmingham, feel free to come along and join us. All our meetings are free, and all are welcome.

From now we'll be retuyrning to a bi-monthly technical meeting schedule, with meetings being either talk/video presentations or a hackathon. We'll let you know in advance which is which. If you would like to present a talk next year, please get in touch and we'll see what we can schedule.


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