Australian / New Zealand Perl Portal Opens
10th January, 2005 (Australia) PerlNet (http://perl.net.au/), the Australian and New Zealand Perl portal, is announcing its doors open to the world. PerlNet is focused on all aspects of Perl in Australia and New Zealand, including user-groups, business, education and development. The content of PerlNet can be freely edited and distributed, and the site uses MediaWiki, the same software that powers Wikipedia.
PerlNet's goal is to be a resource for all users of Perl, and to bring the community together to collaborate and share ideas. Businesses that support Perl are encouraged to provide listings. User-groups are encouraged to host their pages and content. Individuals are encouraged to write about their projects and experiences.
Stephen Steneker, the leader of Sydney Perl Mongers, has already moved his group's content across to the new site. "PerlNet just makes it much easier for our members to get involved," said Steneker. "It's easy for members to write meeting reports, plan new events, and discuss ideas and projects."
While PerlNet is aimed primarily at the Australian and New Zealand communities, it's free for anyone to use and edit. "We've been seeing a wide range of contributors," said Paul Fenwick, the founder of PerlNet and director of Perl Training Australia. "We've had material submitted from editors in Europe, China, Israel, North America, as well as locally."
All contributions to PerlNet are made under a creative-commons license, allowing everyone to use, distribute, and make derivative works. Registering as an editor takes only a few seconds, and both a mailing list and IRC channel exist to help further discussions.