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All the Perl that's Practical to Extract and Report

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  • At YAPC::Europe in Amsterdam [yapc.org], I was involved in a short discussion with a few people (can remember who, though), saying how cool it would be if YAS (and the Perl communauty behind it) could offer itself the work of lesser known Perl people (Michael Schwern's name was mentionned, along with CPANTS).

    What was discussed was something like:

    • choose a reliable Perl monger, with an interesting project
    • pay for one or two months of hard, dedicated work on some aspect of Perl (related to said project)
    • then, a few months later, fund the trips to present the results of this work to the local Mongers groups, the participation to overseas conferences, etc.

    I suppose it's as complicated to setup as it is to setup funding and organisation for Damian, Dan and Larry. But I guess that many individuals that already did a lot for Perl have some great projects and only lack time (and motivation). The kind of fame that comes with a YAS awarded grant would surely be a great motivator...