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  • What They're Doing (Score:5, Informative)

    by gnat (29) on 2002.02.06 0:06 (#4142) Journal
    We (Perl Foundation) have enough money to make the current grants. Damian for 4 months, Larry for 4 months, Dan for 3 months. Dan's going to be working on Parrot and Perl Foundation fundraising (to pay for the next 4 months!).

    Actually, Dan's is almost the most important disbursement. We've really felt the need to have someone to fundraise who doesn't have the distractions of a day job. Kevin's done a great job so far, but he has a company to run! Dan will be able to rattle cages, knock on doors, and work on his guilt-fu to get money from more companies. As he put it, he lives within an hour's drive of hundreds of biotech companies, most of which use Perl.

    Obviously we'd have liked to give everyone a full year's grant right away, but we simply don't have the money for that. Those who have given have given very generously. Part of the work of the next four months will be tapping people who haven't given. We have several donors preparing to contribute large sums of money (tens of thousands of dollars) and we'll need to find several more of these to see us through the year.

    What are they going to do? Damian's doing his Perl evangelist routine, flying to all corners of the globe (what a stupid phrase--there are an infinite number of corners on a globe, and I don't think the airlines can cope with that amount of frequent flier miles). For those who can't see him in person, enjoy his Exegeses and the two modules he's going to nail this year: Parse::Perl and Parse::FastDescent. His contributions to perl6 are mostly unseen, but it's safe to say that getting the perl6 language sorted out would be a much harder task without Damian.

    Speaking of perl6, that's Larry's mandate. Oh, and to get out of the house and be seen by the Perl community at least once a month. So more of you will get to see the elusive Wallus Larriatus (common name: the Greater American Reclusive Language Designer). And more Apocalypses. Many more Apocalypses.

    Dan's Parrot mission is to round it out. That means shared libraries, modules, and objects. That's his mission for half of his time. The other half he's holding CEOs by their ankles and collecting the change that falls from their pockets.

    I'll make sure their grant proposals go online as well, so everyone knows what they've committed to.

    --Nat