I've been using Perl on and off for over 15 years. In the last 10 years of so I've been using Perl a lot in my work and play. I don't have a huge list of modules I look after but I maintain a couple of modules and contribute to many. What never ceases to amaze me is the Perl community. By that I mean the huge group of people working tirelessly to improve the Perl core, write Perl modules and applications, organise conferences and workshops, test Perl and CPAN, report issues, support Perl on IRC, the many mailing lists and web sites and give freely their knowledge and expertise to others. Thank you.
Another week goes by. Thanks to Perl Monks chatterbox a problem I need to solve is answered (thanks tye). On the same day I spot Perl 5.14 is released and there are some goodies/enhancements in it I really would like to start using (not to mention all those optimisations). I see commits to modules (I help with) from people who are currently out of work and looking for a new job! Perl Iron Man is full of interesting topics from people who know what they are talking about. I'm half way through a totally free book Modern Perl: the book. There are loads of conferences and workshops (and for Europe YAPC::Europe) I'd like to attend but I've only ever gone to the LPW. A friend on IRC (thanks tux) points me at Module::CoreList when I want to know how long Devel::Peek has been in core. I speed up my code with the help of Devel::NYTProf.
What did I give back this week? Well I've helped a few people on IRC and in a few mailing lists this week. I added various features to DBD::ODBC, fixed a number of bugs and did 3 development releases. I checked in a few changes to DBD::Oracle and added some pod in DBI. I tested our current applications with 5.14 (admittedley a bit late for that, sorry) using perlbrew. I posted a few comments on AnnoCpan for issues with module documentation. I don't say this for any other reason than to wonder why. Why do people do these things for no monetary gain? For me it is a two way street; I get and I give - it is a pretty reasonable exchange on the whole for me.
To all in the Perl Community - thanks.