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I run Perl Training Australia [].

I help with Melbourne Perl Mongers.

I spend an awful lot of time talking about Perl, and have had my picture in the Australian newspapers with a camel. That's rather scary.

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Monday June 08, 2009
08:34 AM

Teaching Perl in Saudi Arabia

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Teaching Perl in Saudi Arabia
After what seems like an almost endless amount of paperwork, visa applications, immunisations, negotiations, contracts, travel agents, and administrivia, I'm about to fly to Saudi Arabia, to teach Perl to the world's biggest oil company.

Why are they learning Perl? Well, as best I can tell, they're using it for data munging of geological data. That's got a familiar ring to it, in fact I've been seeing a big growth of Perl in Geoscience recently.

On the way back I'm planning to spend a couple of days in Dubai, just because it sounds like such a bizarrely opulent part of the world. World's biggest hotel. World's biggest indoor ski slope. World's biggest shopping mall, and certainly the closest thing we have to Magrathea, with Dubai creating artificial islands in the shapes of palm trees and the world itself. I also hear the diving is pretty good.

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  • Just curious - I am also looking for a Perl teaching job.
    • I'm sure Paul won't mind if I answer for him. In his case, he wanted a job teaching Perl and yet there was not only a lack of jobs he could apply for to do such, but a lack of local companies teaching Perl altogether. Thus Paul started up Perl Training Australia []. Once I came on board and actually organised courses (he was too busy being a fire-fighting sys-admin for a wide range of clients) he got to achieve his goal of teaching Perl. We gave up most of the sys-admin some years ago and now do almost 10

      • Just after posting that comment I noticed the stuff in the top right corner and I felt stupid. But yeah - thanks for the advice. We have started a local PM group just last year but it seems that there are not many companies using Perl here anymore. My last hope is that Modern Perl will gather some new popularity.
        • Modern Perl might help, but so far as I'm aware, the thing that makes the biggest difference is perceived support for Perl. So the use of Perl in Australia appears to be growing. I imagine some of this is that we've proved to be sticking around, and that's great.

          Regarding user groups, it seems much harder to get people to turn up on a regular basis than it used to be. I suspect the boom in online forums and the like has had an effect here, and that people don't know or have forgotten about how valuabl