Below are the current list of Birmingham Perl Mongers, who have been brave enough to have some of the details available on the site. Most of us are at each meeting, so hopefully you'll recognise at least one of us, if you want to come and join us. We're a friendly bunch, and always willing to meet new Perl Mongers.

If you wish to include your details, send a brief bio of yourself and photo to See examples of the bios below for an idea of what to include.

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Level:Board Member
Job:Keeper of Gems

I've been programming since the age of 9 (1976), semi-professionally since the age of 16. I am a second generation programmer, my mother having worked as a programmer at Ferranti in West Gorton in the 50s.

My first programming experience was on the Texas Instuments 58 calculator and then progressed to the Commodore PET. My family had one of the first PETs in the UK - we actually imported it from the US. I then progressed via the Apple to the BBC micro programming mostly in BASIC and 6502 assembler.

I have, somewhat unusually, worked in the same job since graduating University in 1985 and usually give my job title as "Analyst/Programmer" (or if I'm feeling important "Senior Software Engineer"). I work at the Wolfson Computer Laboratory in Birmingham which is most easily described a small medical informatics R&D group. WCL was originally part of the National Health Service, then for more than an decade was part of the School of Medicine at The University of Birmingham and is now back in the NHS as part of University Hospital Birmingham IT services.

Until recently most of my professional programming has been in M and Delphi but now I'm glad to say it's mostly Perl with occasional forays into JavaScript and XSLT.

I have been a frequent contributor to the comp.lang.perl.* newsgroups since 2000 (infreqent since 1998). I went to my first YAPC (YAPC::Europe::2003) as a non-perlmonger and there I ran into Barbie who persuaded me to become a member of I have also published a few modules on CPAN.



Now that Birmingham Perl Mongers have become a registered not-for-profit company, our membership policy has had to change. Prior to incorporation anyone joining the mailing list or coming along to a meeting could consider themselves a member of the group. However, due to our incorporated status, we need to recognise membership in a more official capacity. The key below indicates the meaning of each level listed in each person's biography above.

Board Member An officer of the registered company.
Member An annually paid-up official member of the company.
Administrator Our non-member mascots.
Contributor A non-member of the company, but someone who has contributed to the content of the website or presented technical talks to the group.
Subscriber A non-member of the company, but someone who is a regular attendee of the social and/or technical meetings, or a frequent poster to the mailing list.

If you wish to become a paid-up member of Birmingham Perl Mongers, an annual fee of £25 (twenty-five pounds) for waged members and £10 (ten pounds) for unwaged members is requested. See one of the board members at one of our meetings or readour Terms and Conditions of Membership for more details. The membership fee is used to help fund the group for technical meetings by helping to pay for expenses for guest speakers and paying for incidentals such as new bulbs or repairs to the projector.

If you simply wish to be added to the website as a regular attendee of the group, please email Barbie with a picture of yourself (it'll be resized if necessary) together with some background info about yourself. Use the existing bios above as a guide as to what to include.